During highschool I attended a class at BOCES, which taught about computer hardware
and cabling. Up until that point, I had been very good with the software aspect
of computing (usage and repair), but had known nothing about hardware. While still
in the class, I received my A+ certification and my C-Tech Copper Cabling certification.
After graduating Fairport Highschool in 2001, I decided to go to Monroe Community
College (MCC) with the intention of continuing after graduation at an university
(namely Rochester Institute of Tehcnology (RIT)). MCC is a community college that
has a good reputation for computer related majors. My goal was to major in Information
Technology at RIT, so I decided to major in the closest match I could find at MCC,
Computer Systems Technology, A.A.S (they now actually have an IT degree).
Unfortunately, although my MCC major was closer then other degrees to IT, it wasn't
a perfect match. Because of this disparity, MCC did not have a 2+2 program to require
the preliminary courses I needed for IT at RIT. So I decided to stay an extra year
at MCC and take the courses that I needed in order to transfer into RIT as a 3rd
year IT student.
I graduated with distinction from MCC in 2004 and transferred to RIT as a third
year IT student. As an IT student, I was required to have two IT concentrations
and one liberal arts concentration (or minor). For my two IT concentrations, I chose
Web Site Development and Interactive Multimedia Development. And for my LA concentration,
I chose Japanese (I would have minorred in it if I had had more time).
Part of the curriculum in IT is a required three semesters on co-op. Co-op is on-the-job
training and while being trained, you get paid as an employee (although usually for less money
then a full-time employee would make).
1st co-op: I designed and maintained a website for a small automotive repair shop.
2nd co-op: I attended 13 weeks of training as a C# developer at a company in New Jersey,
called SetFocus. This training consisted of intensive lecture weeks followed by a
week-long project. The projects we worked on were:
The .NET framework (this was a console application)
A Windows forms project to manage a library (Member management and inventory
Making the library project into an N-tiered application with a Business Tier, ADO,
and connecting to (and developing Stored Procedures for) Sql Server 2005.
Transforming the library project into a Web-based application.
Changing the way the application connected to the database from a direct ADO
methodology into a web-service based one.
3rd co-op: Staying at SetFocus, I worked as a junior level programmer and an assistant