I didn’t really want to go to college, but I did so I’d have something to fall back on—and it really worked out…they go out of their way to help you job search in that field.
Catawba Valley Community College Grad
Programming Analyst at Lee Industries
When two members of your immediate family have careers in IT, you might think it only makes sense for you to go into that field too. And if you’re Seth Gabriel, you’d be right. That’s why no one was surprised when he chose to study computer programming at Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC). After all, Seth knew demand for developers is high—and he could apply those skills to just about any industry.
While in school, Seth also completed a certificate in database technologies, for good measure. In his final project, Seth created a ‘Go Fish’ computer game, then had to present and explain his work to guests from local companies. Once he graduated, Seth felt confident he would land a job.
After getting two job offers, he accepted a position with Lee Industries, a long-standing furniture manufacturer in Seth’s area. “CVCC was a big part of that. They helped me build my résumé and pushed me to apply for this job.” Seth is now responsible for generating reports showing various data, working on programming projects that help the company run, fixing software bugs and helping with technical difficulties.
Eventually though, Seth might explore building software for customers, like his dad and brother. He likes the idea of traveling for work to go to conferences and thinks working from home sounds pretty great too. As an experienced programmer, Seth could be eligible for these benefits at many jobs.
“I didn’t really want to go to college, but I did so I’d have something to fall back on—and it really worked
out. CVCC helps you be the best in that field or technology. Then they go out of their way to help you job search in that field,” Seth shared. “It was just a great experience and it went way better than I imagined.”