Shout out from a recent grad

Instructors Michele Parrish, Harry Bulbrook, Scott Neal, Greg Mimmack, Sedrick White, and Ryland Page received the following thank-you note from 2014 grad Paul Pacheco:

I want to thank all of you for your support, encouragement, opportunities offered, and for a wonderful academic experience. While it was only two years ago, it feels like a lifetime ago that I was in my first college class in 25 years. That summer course (NOS110) with Michele Parrish was my testing ground. I felt that if I could get through that one class to get a feel for the return to academia, I could actually retrain myself for the 21st century and pursue a degree (or two!). Two years later, as you all know, I finished with two AAS degrees and five certificates.

The day after commencement, I interviewed for and was chosen to be part of a two-year program for EMC Corporation here in RTP. The first eight weeks is referred to as Bootcamp; the name is an understatement, I assure you. I finished the equivalent of two college semesters in eight weeks – one class, 40 hours every week plus a final exam each week for eight weeks. I gained a few certifications in that time as well.

In those eight weeks, there were terminology, theories, concepts, and practical applications from every class I took with each of you. This trend still continues during my training. I really feel that Durham Tech provided me with a solid foundation to enter the IT field.

While I have so much more to learn, I could not have done it without each of you and your classes. Thank you.