Education Connection Interview- Dennis Lippiett- Scanton, PA

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What did you do directly out of high school?

When I was in high school, I didn't do very well with the grades. I graduated basically by the skin of my teeth and I didn't think I could do college. When I graduated, I was basically freelance building computers for people. My client base grows by word of mouth so somebody says I do a good job here, I get another client here and what I do, I do what any manufacturer can't do, they can't build a computer based on the user specs. One day I woke up and I thought, "Well I need to do something with my life". So, I started looking at Education Connection looking at schools and looking at different degrees that I can get.
 

"Education Connection site was really easy to navigate. The search feature and looking up what courses, what universities had them, it was all very easy and very intuitive"

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It must have been hard to be trusted with computers without a college education. When did you decide you should give Education Connection or college a try?

It was almost two years ago when I decided that if I'm going to get anywhere in life I need to have a degree. I know about computers, I know about the operating systems, and I know about the code behind it so I thought, let's give Education Connection a call. The first time I logged on to the Education Connection site it was really easy to navigate. The search feature and looking up what courses, what universities had them, it was all very easy and very intuitive.

How would you say you've benefitted from that service?

I benefitted from Education Connection because it not only listed the universities; it listed the courses and listed what degrees you can get from each university. It only took me about 10 minutes to get my list of schools and I called around to the schools and the schools helped me with the financial aid. I would give Education Connection  the credit of helping me get started in going into college. Without Education Connection, I probably wouldn't have even started college the way I did.

How did Education Connection make it easier for you?

Education Connection was showing me not only local universities, but also online universities as well, so I could take a look and decide on whether I wanted to do a local one or if I couldn’t handle that I can do an online one where I could do the work on my own time and get it done when I can.

Why was online school better for you?

For me, the online schooling was better than the traditional line because I suffer from severe insomnia and there are times I can go three or four days without sleep and for a normal school, that wouldn't work. I wouldn't be able to keep up with the work whereas with the online schooling, I can do it all on my own time and when I can.

What is your dream job after graduation?

My dream job would be either network administration or systems administration. For network administration, you'd be maintaining the networks and maintaining that users have the proper authority to access certain network files and for systems administrations it would be administering server operation systems and making sure that users have access to the files that they require to do their job, no more and no less.

What can you tell people about finding their passion and taking it to the next level?

Once you find your passion, you build on that and once you know what you love to do, whether it's automotive, computers, anything that you're passionate about, you can look at it and see if you need a secondary education or whether you can just go off with a high school education. Most likely you're going to need a secondary education and Education Connection is a great way to go because you can look at numerous schools.