“I was born in Texas, but have spent most of my life around the Kansas City area. After graduating high school and being blessed with a daughter, Rhian, I decided to join the Air Force and train as an Air Traffic Controller. I worked in the aviation industry for over 10 years, both as a military Non-Commissioned Officer for the Air Force and as a civilian Air Traffic Controller for the Federal Government. I’ve spent time in many different regions of the United States as well as time overseas in Germany, Iraq, and Qatar. Down the road, I would like to end up in Austin, Texas to be close to my brother and some other family.“
Q: Why did you decide to come to Centriq?
A: Once I knew I wanted to get out of the military and seek a career change from the aviation industry, I sought advice from family members and close friends. My cousin, who owns a software development company in Atlanta, informed me of what coding languages and skill-sets would be most valuable to learn in the I.T. industry. His advice lead me to Centriq where I looked at their training program and ultimately ended up enrolling in the Full Stack Development Program.
Q: What class has been your favorite so far?
A: My favorite subject has been SQL and the database portion of the training program. I understand that the ability to navigate through databases and access information through intricate search queries is a very valuable skill in this era where digital information is being stored in vast amounts.
Q: What do you hope to do after Centriq?
A: After I finish the track at Centriq, I hope to find employment in the Kansas City area and gain some much-needed experience that can only be acquired “on the job.” My goal is to spend the next 5-10 years in Kansas City while my daughter finishes up school and then possibly relocate to Texas, if the opportunity arises.
Q: What other interests do you have?
A: I enjoy watching the Royals and Chiefs, and playing most sports, but by far my favorite sport is basketball. I grew up playing pick-up ball in my neighborhood and eventually playing throughout high school and intermural leagues as I got older. Now, I love to coach youth basketball and watch the development of the kids I coach. I also still enjoy playing in a competitive men’s league throughout the year.