JAY PATEL EMIGRATED FROM INDIA TO HARRISBURG WITH HIS FAMILY TO PURSUE THE AMERICAN DREAM.
He got a state government job, and then started looking at ways to improve his prospects for moving up the ladder. Patel discovered that HACC stood out as a golden opportunity because the college is “close to where I live” and more affordable than other schools in the area. “I could continue to work and attend classes part-time while obtaining database analyst expertise.”
And that’s exactly what he did. Patel earned an associate in arts degree from HACC.
Eric Feifer of Lancaster has a story of transition to tell. He learned his way around computers while working in the printing industry for 24 years. When he lost his job in a downsizing, he thought his mostly self-taught knowledge of computers would help him regain employment quickly. It didn’t.
“Experience was not the answer. I needed more education,” he says. So, Feifer enrolled at HACC to earn an associate of arts degree as a computer information systems (CIS) database analyst and at 49 has re-entered the job market.
Of his HACC experience, he says, “I learned a lot, especially about the technical side of the business.”
Assistant Professor Paul Martin helped implement this CIS program. Despite 23 years of computer-related experience in private industry and with state government, Martin confesses: “I still go to college” to keep up with the constantly changing technology.