TSTC Computer Networking Alumna Thrives in Career | School News
When Natasha Davis started working for a major telephone and Internet service provider, there were some things about the company’s operations that she simply didn’t understand.
“I started to see our serves go down,” Davis recalled. “My network engineers were trying to explain it to me, and it was way over my head. I was like, ‘I have to go to school so I can understand what they’re talking about.’
After some research, Davis realized that Texas State Technical College had a campus in Marshall, the same town where she worked.
“TSTC had a degree program that was going to benefit me, so I decided to go for my degree to better understand what we were dealing with,” she said.
Since earning her Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Networking and Systems Administration at TSTC in 2020, Davis, of Longview, has grown professionally, most recently becoming a voice technician at her company.
“It was exciting to put the skills I had learned working to good use,” Davis said.
She enjoyed taking on challenges in the Computer Networking and Systems Administration program, acknowledging the progress she was making as she completed projects and passed courses.
Davis was thrilled when she started sailing after certifications that had tough pass rates for the first time.
“It was really encouraging to know that I could do it,” she said.
Some of his favorite memories from his time at TSTC include competing at SkillsUSA.
“Even though I didn’t rank, I was really excited to see how these skills were applied and what kind of things you need to be able to answer to in a competitive sense because it’s built by companies that actually use these tools” , Davis said. . “It was really a great experience.”
She also enjoyed the camaraderie she had with her classmates, including helping them out when they got stuck on projects.
“I quickly realized that when you’re able to show someone how to do something, it means you’ve finally figured it out yourself,” she said. “At the end of my time at TSTC, I was able to get those answers because I knew it on such a level that it was second nature to me.”
Davis encourages prospective students to have a passion for what they are pursuing.
“Without passion, you won’t have the drive to learn it to a level where you can apply it,” she said. “You can learn it to understand it, but you have to learn it well enough to troubleshoot it. You have to be able to visualize how information flows. That’s what networking is: a connection of information.
TSTC offers online training in computer networking and systems administration. It is one of TSTC’s performance-based education programs, offering students the opportunity for fast, flexible, and self-directed study. TSTC also offers an Advanced Technical Certificate in Cloud Computing.
Computer network support specialists can earn an average annual salary of $62,280, according to onetonline.orgwhich predicts that the number of such positions will increase by 17% in the state through 2028.
Registration for the fall semester is underway. For more information, visit tstc.edu.