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Apr 16, 2013

Student Success Profile: Victor Santoyo

Today's student success profile features a Q and A with Victor Santoyo. Victor is a Workforce Education student who originally came to Green River to earn his GED. Now, he's wrapping up dual degrees in Information Technology. Victor's education, combined with his commitment to excellence, helped him land an IT-support job at a local company. Check out the story of his success below!

Hi Victor. Thanks for joining us on the blog. What's it like to be a student in the Information Technology program at Green River?

Victor: Being a student in the Information Technology program was a scary and exciting feeling at the same time. Throughout the time I've been in the IT program here at Green River, it's been one the best experiences in my life. The IT instructors are very knowledgeable, using their years of collective experience in the information technology field and sharing it with students, which is a major advantage, versus just getting information out of a book. Plus, they give hands-on instruction that familiarizes students with computer hardware and software issues in order to hone troubleshooting skills. The other advantage that I felt the Green River's IT program provides, is virtual machines for students to get familiar with the different types of operating systems that are available, which gives a you an advantage of being prepared. I really do believe that you get your money's worth here at Green River's Information Technology program. I was able to complete my AAS degree in IT Networking in Fall quarter 2012, and I'm going to complete my AAS degree in IT Computer Support Specialist at the end of Winter quarter 2013.

Can you tell us the story of how you decided to pursue training in this field?

Victor: Here is a little background information what lead me to choose information technology.  I initially came to Green River to get my GED in the Fall of 2010, and at the same time take classes to become in interpreter, but soon found out the Green River didn't offer any of these types of classes.  I soon felt that I didn't know what I really wanted to study. As I got close to completing my GED,  I started looking in the winter schedule to see if Green River offered any type of classes for computer repair. I met Gus Gomez, an IT instructor, and he explained the types of  IT degrees the Green River offered and shortly after that he mapped out my class schedule from beginning to end.  

You've already earned one IT degree and you're about to complete a second. Two degrees, wow! What are your future plans?

Victor: My plans for the future are to continue pursuing my Bachelors degree in Networking and possibly later on a degree in Business Management. Recently, I just got hired as IT support for a company in Tukwila and it's a great feeling that this is just the beginning of my career. 

What advice would you have for new students who are thinking about pursuing training in the field of Information Technology?

Victor: I would say to new students: Apply yourself in the class environment. The instructors are there to teach you, as well as to learn from students. IT certifications are also important in getting a job because employers are looking for candidates who have certifications. It demonstrates to potential employers that you took time to go beyond  just taking the class and really understand the concepts. 
$$$ Tip! The following Workforce Education funding programs support IT training pathways at Green River: BFET, Worker Retraining, and WorkFirst.