(BROWNWOOD, Texas) – Steve Lopez, of Brownwood, is a fall candidate for graduation for an Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Networking and Systems Administration at Texas State Technical College. He balances online classes with being a technician for an internet service provider in Brownwood.
What factored into your decision to go to TSTC?
I wanted to attend college to further my education and focus on a program that I enjoy and that I can get a career in. I also wanted to attend college to show my gratitude toward my parents that have worked so hard to get where we are right now.
What made you decide to choose the program you are studying?
I have always wanted to do something that involved technology. When I was looking at TSTC and looking at what programs they had, I saw Computer Networking and Systems Administration and decided to do my research on it and found it interesting.
What are your career goals right now?
The career goals that I have are to gain experience and knowledge and, maybe in the future, a certification. The company I work for recently got bought out by a bigger company, and they have already talked to me about what I wanted to do for the company and told me that there is room to move up.
What advice would you give to high school students interested in your field of study?
The advice I would give to high school students is to not procrastinate and do not be afraid to ask for help if they are having trouble in classes. Using a daily planner goes a long way to help keep you on track.
What inspires and motivates you to wake up each day?
What inspires me is my ambition to do something that I am determined about accomplishing in my life. When I see people who are full of ambition, it makes me want to achieve something that I truly desire.
TSTC’s Computer Networking and Systems Administration program uses the performance-based education model, which allows students to have flexibility with their schedules as they master set competencies. Faculty members guide the students as they take courses.
TSTC’s Fall 2021 Commencement for the Abilene, Breckenridge, Brownwood and Sweetwater campuses will be held Monday, Dec. 13, at the Abilene Convention Center.
For more information, go to tstc.edu.