Neal S graduated from Ranken’s Associate of Technology, Network Architecture and Design Technology program in 2013. He has since obtained certifications in CCNA Security and Ubiquiti Enterprise Wireless Administration. Neal is presently employed as a Mid-Level Versatile Technologist for Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners, defense, space, and security systems.
His favorite memory of his time spent at Ranken is helping his classmates study the materials needed to pass their certification. When asked what impact having a Ranken education has had on his career, Neal responded, “[I] tripled my pay and opened up doors to many different companies.”
Ashley Reddick, Information Technology instructor, shared “Neal was a student who went to a different institution for another degree that didn’t work out for him. He came to Ranken because he wanted to pursue something that people were gainfully employed for. After obtaining his degree, he went to work for a contractor working in both Afghanistan and Puerto Rico. He came home, not only paying off his mother’s home but all his student debt with earnings made in the field. As a student, Neal always had questions and wanted to learn about everything. He was a role model and had a perfect work ethic. I have no doubt that he will be successful in his future endeavors.”
According to Stan Shoun, Ranken’s Chief Executive Officer, “Neal is a perfect example of a person with a traditional degree who then pursued a technical education in the skilled trades.” With his degrees, first in business management and then in internet technology, Neal took his skills overseas where he executed multiple projects as the IT Manager for Fluor Corporation, a global engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction and maintenance company. “When Neal returned to the states, he was able to pursue any job he chose. Neal has been active on several advisory boards, two strategic planning committees, and continually gives back to Ranken,” said Shoun.