Barton Community College students Orlando Hernandez and Jesse Siefkes are ecstatic. Both have taken a huge step in their educational and professional lives by earning Barton’s very first certificates in Information Systems Security along with four other students.
Dean of Workforce Training and Community Education Elaine Simmons said she’s just as excited as the students.
“I’m excited because this is yet another opportunity for Barton students to get certified in the information security field, which will most certainly enhance their opportunities when they seek employment,” she said.
The certificate’s versatility is illustrated well by Hernandez’s and Siefke’s future plans. Though they have the same credentials, they’re heading in two very different directions.
Hernandez plans to get more education through Barton’s Natural Gas Technician program and combine the two areas of expertise to land a job at a natural gas company.
Siefkes is hoping to attend a university on the west coast and eventually land a job at Microsoft’s headquarters.
“I was born and raised in Great Bend, and Barton is the first place to go when you’re ready for the next step,” Siefkes said. “I loved the respect the teachers gave us and how friendly they were. The courses focus on both the technology and business sides, so the program approaches the topic from all angles.”
Hernandez said he’s also pleased with his education so far and looks forward to sticking around next semester.
“I like the communication we get with the teachers because of the small classes,” Hernandez said. “I could ask the questions I wanted to without feeling intimidated. I really think it was a good choice to come here because it helped me save money and prepare for the future.”