VCHS Graduate 1992
Career: Technology Coordinator, Vinton County Local School District
My Mission Possible. I attended Ohio University in Athens after high school graduation and received my Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1998. While at Ohio University, I participated in a Cooperative Education Program where I would alternate taking classes for a quarter and working fulltime in an engineering related position for a participating employer. This opportunity resulted in a full time position with American Electric Power’s Southern Ohio Coal Company upon my graduation from Ohio University. I worked as an Electrical Engineer with AEP and later as an IT Specialist with Consol Energy until I was laid off in July of 2002 after the coal mines ceased operation. From there I was then employed by Vinton County Local Schools as a Field Technician and 2 years later as their Technology Coordinator. I am currently in my 15th year with Vinton County Local Schools.
While I may not currently be using my electrical Engineering degree directly, it is my education, on the job training and ongoing continuing education that has provided me with many of the skills necessary to succeed in my career today.
My words of advice: Deciding what you want to do with your life when you are a High School student is not an easy task. What decisions you make while in High School may not necessarily turn out to be right for you once you graduate. Don’t be afraid to explore options while in college. Don’t pass up any opportunity for on-the-job training. It can be far more valuable than you realize. Never feel limited by your education or experience. You will never know what you can achieve unless you try.
“When you take risks, you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.” ~Ellen DeGeneres