This is the fourth edition of a multi-issue Blog introducing and celebrating the successes of Mindteck Academy's current Java "Bootcamp" Trainees in Madison, Wisconsin
Meet Kevin M.
Mindteck Academy Java Trainee
From his small town of Wisconsin Rapids to the busy city of Madison, Kevin has proven to be adaptable to any situation, and when it comes to facing challenges, Kevin is an ‘obstacle crusher’, letting nothing get in his way. Not only has he been a hard worker since his teenage years as a cook, waiter, camp counselor and file clerk, but even more impressive is his volunteer work through his church and with the Arts Council in his hometown. It’s no wonder that upon graduation from college, he was scooped right up by Renaissance Learning as a Quality Assurance Technician.
Although his Bachelor’s degree is in Technical Communications, he found his way down the QA trail and is now looking forward to a brand new turn on that path into software development. Even though he already has his degree, he’s currently back in school to earn an A.A.S. in Web Software Development so that he can achieve his dreams. Kevin was attracted to the Java training class with Mindteck Academy because he knew it could help fast track him to the programming world. “The Java training class with Mindteck Academy is truly a unique opportunity. It is teaching me the layers of the Software Development Lifecycle that I only understood at a high level. It’s giving me a real-world understanding of the different branches of the process.”
His perfect job? One where his writing abilities can truly complement his programming skills and best benefit his team. Teamwork is a very important value to Kevin. Though an advocate for fitness and always trying to improve himself, he is not concerned with being better than anyone else. Now preparing for his third Tough Mudder race (if you don’t know what this is, you have to check it out!), I asked him if he was trying to beat his last time or if he had a goal to reach. His response? “I’m there for my team. I’m out there trying to compete with some much bigger guys. Just crushing the obstacles and finishing the course is enough.” He truly espouses the Tough Mudder Pledge:
· I understand that Tough Mudder is not a race but a challenge.
· I put teamwork and camaraderie before my course time.
· I do not whine.
· I help my fellow mudders complete the course.
· I overcome all fears.
After learning about Kevin’s love of physical fitness, it was no surprise (well, maybe it was a little surprising) that he wanted to be a professional stunt man as a kid. “I saw an interview on TV with Jackie Chan and thought that it would be a really cool thing to do. It seemed unorthodox and like a real adrenaline rush.” By now, you’re understanding how Kevin’s fearlessness has gotten him where he is today. What employer wouldn’t love his drive, enthusiasm and ambition?
When asked what advice he would give someone else trying to enter into the world of computer programming, he said “If you have a curiosity for it, talk to others who know about it; join clubs; do your research. Don’t be afraid.”
Kevin earned his Bachelor of Science in Technical Communications from the University of Wisconsin – Stout where he graduated Cum Laude and is currently enrolled at Madison Area Technical College pursing his A.A.S. in IT – Web Software Development. He received National Gold Certification from ACT (a career readiness organization) and was also a member of the National Champion Cheer/Stunt Team of Wisconsin Rapids. When Kevin is not working out, in training, in college, or learning on his own, he can be found relaxing with his friends online playing Xbox, as well as spending time with his girlfriend.