TSTC alumnus thrives on career challenges in computer networking
HARLINGEN — Having the expertise to maintain a computer network system is a major responsibility.
For Texas State Technical College alumnus Joseph Rizo, he sparked an interest in computer networking in his early teens.
“I’ve been building and dismantling computers since I was in middle school,” Rizo said. “The electronics aspect of AC and DC, and seeing the problem solved is gratifying to me.”
The Harlingen resident graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Maintenance Technology (now Computer Networking and Systems Administration) from TSTC in 2018.
The next chapter of his life would see him move to Horizon Montessori Public Schools in Harlingen. He took a job as an information technology support specialist. A position he has held for four years.
“A lot of what I learned at TSTC has trickled down to my work,” Rizo said. “My duties include supporting staff with technology such as laptops, desktops, printers and the organization’s webpage. I also help with email distribution and development. This involves setting up an email for a new hire or someone leaving.
Rizo said her experience with Horizon Montessori Public Schools has been rewarding.
“When new teachers arrive, I introduce myself and brief them on the necessary technology elements,” he said. “I also contribute by directing them to the payroll service. This gives them peace of mind. »
Rizo added that the working culture at his workplace was splendid.
“The spectrum of my duties is always different,” he said. “Every day is never the same.”
Ana Smith, principal of Horizon Montessori III in Harlingen, said Rizo is a great asset to the school for any technology issues teachers may have.
“Joseph’s ability to manage web pages and build a comprehensive website has been a huge help in the communication we have with public school stakeholders,” Smith said. “During the pandemic, he was also well prepared to manage the transition to online learning. He immediately created a network of electronic devices for nearly 400 students.
Rizo attributes his career success to the education he gained at the TSTC.
“The instructors made it inclusive, interesting and career-related,” he said. “Each class was about real-world experience. They teach based on their experiences in the industry. They opened up my perception of the various career options available such as education, television and banking. »
TSTC offers fully online training for its computer networking and systems administration program. Students may choose to pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Networking and Systems Administration, Certificates of Completion in IT Support Level 1 and II, Advanced Technology Certificate in Cloud Computing,]and Award achievement of professional skills in computer entry support.
Registration for the fall semester is underway. For more information, visit tstc.edu.