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Featured Developer Student for May 2019

Featured Developer Student for May 2019

May 3, 2019 in Featured Students / by Dayna Schroeder



My name is Jerry Crow.  As a kid, I always loved building things with Legos.  I was able to take that love and passion and transfer it into computers.  I remember my first programming course and the feeling of being so lost.  I got a “C” in the class, but I was hooked. The teacher was shocked to see me back for the next course, but I was determined and got an “A.” I graduated from Missouri State University with a degree in Computer Information Systems.  I have been working in IT for 22 years.  I spent most of those years building Windows-based programs in Visual Basic.  The last seven of those years, I primarily used Java to build client specific projects and a reporting environment to interface with company products.  The company was purchased by another firm, and I received the opportunity to train at Centriq.


Q: Why did you decide to come to Centriq?
A: For many years, I was involved with several computer programming clubs that met outside of work.  Many of our meetings were held at Centriq.  I was always impressed with their facilities and with the reputation they held as one of the leading educators of computer professionals in the area.  Many times I wondered what it would be like to attend Centriq and to be trained in the latest computer skills.  When I was given the opportunity to expand my computer knowledge, I wasted no time in choosing Centriq.  While at Centriq, I have been able to review previous skills and to be trained in web technologies.  I was especially interested in learning to use Microsoft .NET.  Besides updating my computer skills, Centriq has also boosted my confidence and prepared me for the job-hunting process.  All of my experiences at Centriq have renewed my excitement about my future.

Q: What class has been your favorite so far?
A: My favorite classes have been C# and MVC.  MVC has been the piece that I feel I was missing in my career.  It has been challenging, but very cool to learn.

Q: What do you hope to do after Centriq?
A: I desire to find a computer position that will allow me to use my full stack knowledge, with the opportunity to add additional skills.  I want to spend more time learning Javascript, Angular, and begin exploring Node. js.

Q: What other hobbies and interests do you have?
A: I am always playing with technology.  I just got my first Raspberry Pi computer and am looking forward to seeing what I can do with it.  In addition, I am a huge Star Wars fan and enjoy collecting the merchandise.  I also enjoy spending time with my wife and two children.


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