Scholarship: CCE Centennial Scholarship
A self-professed "computer geek," Tim Church knew right away that the Information Technology Infrastructure program was the perfect fit for him. "Working with computers comes easily to me, and I like helping people with them. I was often my family and friend's go-to 'computer guy' when they needed help.
"ITI was a good fit for me, as I'm interested in the managing of systems angle--I'm fascinated by how computers connect; I enjoy setting up my own networking equipment at home, and playing with all of the settings. I felt like a computer science degree went too in-depth in areas I wasn't looking for, and didn't prepare me for the types of careers I wanted to explore."
While he was excited about his studies, Church also was stressed about his rising financial costs, and worried that he might have to take time off from school in order to work more and save enough to pay for his final semesters. Becoming the first recipient of the CCE Centennial Scholarship changed all that.
"When I opened the letter saying I had been awarded the funds, I was ecstatic. Worrying about financial issues makes focusing on school very hard...this scholarship allowed me to pay off fully my spring semester and give full attention to my classes."
Church is now ready to tackle his senior year, and then, hopefully an internship followed by a career in systems/network administration. "I'm so grateful for the opportunity. There are endless possibilities and opportunities for lifelong learning that come with this field. This scholarship opened the doors to all that for me."