Making the most of his talents
Jason Yarber grew up loving to play video games and also simple computer programming. His dream was to develop cool video games for big game platforms like Nintendo and Xbox. But as a young man, he hit upon rough times and found himself suddenly homeless and surrounded by working adults who were just as poor as he was. One day something clicked for Jason: he realized that if he were to ever make a success of himself, he would need to attend college. And so he decided to embrace his childhood passion for computer programming.
He examined the programming curriculums of several Knoxville colleges and was surprised to learn that Fountainhead had the only degree program that was teaching C#, the leading-edge programming language at that time. Jason didn’t want to start a career knowing out-of-date programs, and he didn’t want to enroll at a bigger school where his pals were all wait-listed and frustrated.
Jason enrolled in Fountainhead’s Computer Programming degree program, and his life turned around. He was assigned networking projects, which had him problem-solving with classmates to create the nuts and bolts of a computer network from the ground up. His classwork was hands-on, creative and challenging - exactly what he needed to keep him engaged and learning.
He also learned to interact with other programmers around the country on chat boards dedicated to game design, and he even became online friends with the leading game designer for Electronic Arts (EA).
When Jason graduated in spring 2010 with an Associate of Occupational Science in Computer Programming, he earned “Highest Honors” on his diploma. Two area employers sought to hire him, and he found himself in the enviable position of watching two hiring managers bidding against each other to have him join their team.
Jason has a great job today as a .NET Programmer at the Principle Group in Knoxville.
In his spare time, he makes his own video games, and he has even had some commercial success developing a video game made for the Xbox. He is soon planning to adopt his game, “Short Circuit,” to the mobile app market.