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Grandmother Pursues GIS Degree

Annette Crossno is one determined grandmother. At the age of 45 she enrolled in school with what she describes as a strong desire “to make a difference for me and be a good example for my family.” During weekday mornings she took classes for her general education development (GED)...

TAA Couple Obtains Better Jobs

Married couple Brandon Tinsley and Genia Jacobs-Tinsley liked working for the same telecommunications company until they were both laid off along with 4,000 other people whose jobs were sent off-shore. They decided to use their TAA (Trade Adjustment Assistance) benefits to learn...

Participant Buys Firm, Employs Students

Before moving to Utah, Martina Nelson took drafting classes at an Ohio community college and some general education courses at a university. Knowing first-hand the skills-based education that community colleges provide, she enrolled in the surveying and geomatics...

Student Excels in Cisco Competitions

While taking networking courses at South Mountain Community College, NISGTC participant Henry Mai excelled in two Cisco competitions.He received the second highest U.S. score in the 2013 Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders Competition, an international contest with... ...

IT Learning Empowers Bridget Nee

IWhile living in a domestic violence shelter, Bridget Nee became a full-time student at Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC). It was 2014. She was 50 years old, recently divorced, and ready to make big changes in her life. She started taking courses in paralegal...

Students Find Internships Transformative

Internships are key points on the career maps of Leonel Deleon (pictured left) and Alby Cartwright, Del Mar College geoscience students who participated in the NISGTC. In the spring of 2015 Deleon completed an internship with a Texas A&M AgriLife Research team that...

Mentors Provide No-Nonsense Advice

Chelsea Hall-Fitzgerald was an art major, sported rainbow-colored hair, and had a part-time job in a big box appliance store when she began her computer networking certificate at Collin College. Computer Information Systems Professor Michael Harsh brought her to meet...

Tutor Builds Interest in GIS

uring his three years as a part-time geosciences tutor at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC), Steven Lizotte used his retail sales background to build interest in geographic information systems (GIS). To faculty he suggested ways to incorporate GIS technologies in...

Mid-Career Change for Heather Rane

After working for 18 years in retail and eight years in banking, Heather Rane switched to information technology. It was the field she had always wanted to work in. “I am excited for the possibilities that exist for me now and value my education,” she said. At Bellevue Community...

Virtual Intership for Time-Pressed Students

Collin College created virtual internships to provide the learning experiences that occur with real employer interactions for students whose schedules or budgets do not allow for traditional internships. “Most of our students have to work to put food on the table,” explained...

Tutor Becomes Faculty

Aparna Godbole holds a Bachelor’s degree from India and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from UT Arlington. She has CCNA and CCNP certificates and is currently working on completing the CCNA Security certification. Aparna started her career in India as Product Design Engineer...

Student Spotlight: Daniel Foster

After receiving my undergraduate degree in English-Fiction Writing, I began managing the restaurant I had begun working at when I was 16. It got me through high school and through college. Then, not sure what to do next with a degree not specifically tailored for a particular career path...

Student Spotlight: Gail Stafford

Meet Gail Stafford. In 1988, when GIS was still called Computer Mapping, Gail helped digitize an entire county. After receiving a dual Bachelors of Geography and Computer Science and 2.5 years experience in GIS, she left the workforce to raise her children. Now that her children...

Student Spotlight: Nigel Smith

Many students knew Nigel Smith as the friendly Cisco CCNP Lab Assistant in Heritage Hall, yet only a few of Nigel’s peers were aware of his impressive professional background. Before entering Collin College to embark on a career change to IT Network Engineering, Nigel earned...

Student Spotlight: John Hanson

I became interested in the field of technology when I was a young boy. My father had built our first computer and I was fascinated as to how it worked. From that point forward, I was hooked on all things computers and technology. I started as a young boy taking things apart...

Student Spotlight: Jonathan Maples

It seems the possibilities are endless for twenty-three year old Jonathan Maples. With one semester remaining for completing an Associate’s degree at Collin College, Jonathan attended a NISGTC IT job fair where he landed a job at Fujitsu America. He now working remotely from the Staples...