Thursday, December 2, 2021
A Message from Wendy Givoglu, Interim President, East and Winter Park Campuses
Student Carla Zumaran attended East Campus and received her Associate in Arts in 2011. She went on to the University of Central Florida and earned a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice in 2015. She then began working in the information technology (IT) field and realized her passion.
In 2020, she learned about Valencia’s Computing Technology and Software Development program and began taking classes. It was through this program that she was introduced to the AWS (Amazon Web Services) Academy — a learning platform that prepares students for industry-recognized certifications and careers in the cloud. Valencia College is a member of the AWS Academy network and uses it’s course materials to teach students cloud skills.
Due to Carla’s hard work and what she learned in her Valencia College courses, she will be graduating from Valencia in May 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in computing technology and software development. She was offered and accepted a position at Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a Cloud support associate that starts in August 2022, in Dallas, Texas.
“There is so much to look forward to in this new job, but one of them is the new experiences I will encounter,” Carla shared. “I can’t wait to learn new skills and work with developers and engineers. In addition, I am excited about the new city I am moving to; I have lived in Florida all my life, and I can’t wait to see what Dallas has to offer.”
Although ambitious and motivated in her educational pursuits, it has not been easy for Carla to achieve her goals. She has maintained a full-time job while being a full-time student, which has been difficult at times.
“After a long day at work, it takes a lot of self-discipline to log on and start your classwork, and it can get very hard, but if you are determined, you will always find the time to accomplish your goals,” she said.
In addition, Carla had to overcome the financial barrier of pursuing a second bachelor’s degree, which required her to pay out-of-pocket for her degree. However, she notes, “Valencia has some amazing grants that have made it possible for me to continue my education.”
She added, “The job at AWS means a lot to me, and I am so excited to see how far I can go with Amazon. I can’t wait to take all I have learned this semester in my AWS class and apply it to a real-life scenario issue. Thank you, Professor of Programming and Analysis Jerry Hensel for the resources you provided and all your hard work!”
To learn more about the Computing Technology and Software Development program, contact Jerry at firstname.lastname@example.org.