I graduated from a traditional four year college back in 2004 and worked a few odd jobs before ending up at a casino in the Surveillance department. I enjoyed the job, however after a couple of years I realized I was as far up the ladder I would ever get without uprooting and moving to an area with more opportunities in the casino industry.
I have always been tech oriented and after giving it some thought I decided I was going to return to school to pursue a degree in Software Engineering. Most traditional college Computer Science degrees were heavily based in theory and I wanted a curriculum with a more practical foundation. Missouri Tech’s curriculum fit my criteria. Almost every class taught industry standard practices and used current industry technologies. Many instructors bring their own career experience into the classroom and focus on what it takes to be successful rather than just passing the tests. Even though many instructors have careers outside of the teaching environment, they always made the extra effort to be available outside of class.
Less than a year after starting with MoTech, I left the casino for a job with the State of Missouri. The State was hesitant to hire me at first due to my lack of on-the-job experience. I was able to quickly prove myself with the skills I learned at Missouri Tech. I attribute a large portion of my success to MoTech and its staff.