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The Tinsleys, Collin College

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 new IT skills at Collin College. After they enrolled, Texas Workforce Commission employees suggested they participate in the NISGTC.

Both of the Tinsleys are glad they did and credit NISGTC’s career services with helping them quickly obtain new jobs.

“Working with Diane Ganze [an NISGTC career coach] provided me [with] a fresh perspective on how to create an exemplary resume to find my ideal job,” Genia said. Hyundai Capital has hired her as a senior recovery analyst. She has earned MCITP enterprise and service administrator certificates, and continues to work toward an associate degree in computer networking. In June 2015 right about the time he was awarded associate degrees in cybersecurity and computer networking technology, Brandon started work at HP as a level one senior security analyst.

“Life has just gotten better and better since 2013... in the end I think we felt and prayed it would work, and it did. Now I’ve got a much better job. I’ve got a real solid career.”

A 2014 NISGTC job fair was key to Brandon initially obtaining a temporary position with another IT company. At the job fair he met a recruiter who contacted him afterward about a level one help desk position.

During the interview, the company offered him a senior help desk analyst position. A few weeks later he was promoted to shift lead. Brandon thinks his college credentials helped him obtain the full-time position with HP. In addition to his associate degrees, Brandon has CompTIA Security+ certification.

“Life has just gotten better and better since 2013. It was rough financially. Of course we took tremendous pay cuts by doing TAA and going to school, but in the end I think we felt and prayed it would work, and it did. Now I’ve got a much better job. I’ve got a real solid career,” Brandon said.