This interview highlights one of ITEC’s first Everyday Digital graduates, Shane L. — “just your average everyday family guy” working to pursue his passions in the media business. That’s where ITEC’s Everyday Digital adult computer programs come in. Shane talks with us about his experience taking the course, and how it has helped him get closer to reaching his goals.
Q: What made you want to take the Everyday Digital Course?
A: I was involved in what’s called the Jet program over at Michigan Works and through that program I was introduced to the ITEC program, and invited to join the first class. I looked at it as an opportunity to brush up on my skills and try to learn a few new things. I mean in this digital age that we live in, you’ve got to stay on top of it, or you’re going to get lost in the shuffle. So I decided I was going to go ahead and take advantage of it, and I’m really glad that I did. It was a wonderful help to me, it was a great networking opportunity, and I actually learned a lot.
Q: Talk about some of the things that you didn’t expect to learn but you did.
A: I’m trying to self market myself and a really good example of that is come up with business cards. I’m used to going to a place that will lay out the design for me, print the cards off and of course there is a fee involved in that. But what I discovered through Microsoft Word is that they’ve got a section in there where you can build and design your own business cards, and I’ve been able to tweak it a little bit and come up with different designs and different logos and things of that nature. I’ve been able to get a printer, so I can get the appropriate kind of business card paper and I can print my own business cards for pennies compared to what I would spend at a shop.
Q: What was your favorite part about the class?
A: I think the best part about the class were the instructors and their willingness to help you and to guide you and to answer your questions, and I mean they were really on top of things and knew what they wanted to focus on and knew how to get you to achieve what you wanted to achieve, so I would probably say that that was my favorite part about it was just feeding off the instructors and learning what they were teaching.
I want to know that I’m getting something out of that class and I think that in order to do that and in order to be an efficient and good instructor, not only do you have to know what you’re teaching, but you have to have a desire to do it. You’ve got to have that desire to help other people and I got that from the staff at ITEC.
Q: What do you plan to do with everything you learned in the class?
A: Use it to expand my knowledge and keep up with the 21st century. You know, that’s really what you have to do in this day and age. Everything changes so fast nowadays that you really have to stay on top of this ever-changing evolution. That’s one of the things that I continue to work on and try to learn more as I go on and that’s another thing that I took from that class was learning how to learn. Learning how to accomplish some of the things that need to be accomplished in today’s job market, in today’s world. So that’s really one of the things that was wonderful for me.
Q: What was the most challenging part about completing Everyday Digital?
A: If there was anything challenging about the class, it was just trying to keep on top of everything.