Veteran, Systems Administrator
When Chris Rose was honorably discharged from the military in 2001, he was eager to attend college and build on his technical training. He learned about Fountainhead College’s hands-on IT courses through a career fair and was hooked.
“Everything changed for me once I enrolled at Fountainhead College and saw what they were doing in the classroom,” he said. “I recognized that this was exactly where I needed to be.”
To say that Chris was passionate about learning is an understatement. He came to school early every day to study, and he took as many technical certifications as he could through the school’s Testing Center. The school’s system administrator took notice of Chris’ dedication and work ethic and asked him if he might have a few hours a week to configure laptops and other IT-related tasks.
That on-the-job learning experience ignited his natural problem-solving and ingenuity. While Chris was still enrolled in the Associate of Occupational Science in Information Technology program, school administrators invited him to represent Fountainhead at the Career College Showcase on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Chris wrote and delivered a presentation to members of Congress demonstrating the importance of computer data encryption within emails and passwords. His message caught the attention of United States Congressman John Duncan who sought out Chris to chat after his presentation.
Chris went on to earn his Bachelor of Applied Science in Network Security & Forensics degree in 2007. Today, Chris is a Systems Administrator at Pilot Travel Centers in Knoxville and an occasional adjunct instructor at Fountainhead College.