Alexander Schramm knows how to Network. As a high school senior in the Hartford Area Career & Technology Center (HACTC) he took several college classes as a dual-enrollment student. Vermont Tech was present at a college and career fair hosted by HACTC. Alexander was intrigued by the small class sizes offered at a college that was close-to-home. Alexander was soon accepted and enrolled in the four-year Computer Information Technology program.
He says he was interested in IT for the wide array of career options it offered. “I would be able to cast a wide net.” Which was important to him and his peers in the midst of a recession.
Vermont Tech offered Alexander a lab-style learning environment that was similar to his experience at HACTC. He says this enabled him to “use a similar learning style and I was able to bring my A-game.”
Alexander now works for Red River, a complete IT solutions firm based in New Hampshire. He is currently on a newer assignment as the WAN Manager under a contract with VISN 8 of Florida, Puerto Rico and Southern Georgia. He manages and maintains the guest networks of all the VAMCs therein, a market that supplies over 125,000 independent wireless sessions a day.
“I wanted to work for a company that does a lot of business but operated as a small business, and Red River does that.” Alexander says he is thrilled to “get into emerging technologies and come up with different solutions no one has created before.”
He was first introduced to Red River after one of his fellow students recommended them. Although he received other offers, Red River aligned well Alexander’s goals and provided him with more options. He even gets to work with other graduates of Vermont Tech. One Alum, Jon Henault, is his Assistant WAN Manager and several of his peers often represent Red River at the Vermont Tech career fairs.
Alexander was recently asked back to HACTC to help guide their curriculum to ensure the success of their graduates. He encourages others to “Get as much collegiate experience as possible prior to college.” Completing college credits during high school allowed Alexander to free up his college class schedule for higher-level networking classes. Alexander says that the classes at Vermont Tech have helped him in his career from the specific lessons to the broader problem-solving skills he acquired.
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