Newport News Grad Looks Back on the Best Decision He Ever Made

Newport News Grad Looks Back on the Best Decision He Ever Made

By William Moore, 2016 Cyber and Network Security Graduate – Newport News Campus

At 20 years of age, I thought I had my life figured out. I was in college, at what is now known as the University of Mary Washington, an American Studies major and was going to be a teacher for the next 30 years. Having grown up in the small town of Poquoson, Virginia, I’d been told all along of how great a teacher I’d be and decided that was the path I was going to take. At 22, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree, and at 23, I received my Master of Science in Elementary Education. Those were two of my proudest achievements at that point in my life.

By the time I was 30, I realized that I wanted a change. My heart will always be in education, but late hours and the demands of life outside of the classroom seemed to cause a lack in the balance I sought. I wasn’t sure what to do, but I knew I couldn’t continue on the path I was on. I realized that someone with my qualifications would have trouble finding other employment. After some soul searching, I made my decision.

In the summer of 2014, I resigned my position as a full-time teacher and looked into local colleges to expand my education. I decided I wanted a degree in technology. I’d always been the person that my colleagues and administrators would go to when they needed computer help. As I looked into local schools, I quickly decided a four-year program wasn’t for me. I’ve done that route before and while I valued the experience, I didn’t want to do it again.

That led me to ECPI University. My experience there was wonderful. My classes were rigorous and informative. I made good friends and developed great connections in my field. In June of 2016, I graduated Summa Cum Laude with my Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Science with a major in Cyber and Network Security.

Not long after that, I found a position on the state website that was perfect for me, Technology Learning Specialist at Thomas Nelson Community College Library. The position required someone with a teaching background, a bachelor’s degree in technology, and one year’s experience, which I had between my externships and volunteer experience.

I got the interview and began work soon after. My new job is amazing! I have learned so much and am considered a great asset to my organization. I know I couldn’t have done it without ECPI University. It truly was the best decision I’ve ever made!