All systems go for computer technology grad
Isaiah Jones has been taking computers apart since childhood. He has been able to put them back together again successfully since he was 14.
Wanting to become a computer hardware engineer, the Texas City resident came to College of the Mainland as a dual credit student during his junior year of high school.
It allowed him to “ease into college” as he describes it. He is graduating in December from COM with an associate degree in general studies, ready to transfer to the University of Texas at San Antonio and pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer science.
While completing his basic courses and serving the COM Police Department as a work-study student, he enjoyed learning with motherboards and keyboards rather than textbooks in several of his computer classes.
“I am more of a tactile student. I like hands-on learning,” he added.
In one class, his instructor pulled three broken computers out of a closet and gave them to him and his classmates to diagnose and repair during the class period. He and his classmates worked together to complete the task quickly.
Another class, PC Operating Systems, came in handy a few weeks later when a virus attacked his personal computer.
“I went to the registry (database) and deleted the virus. I thought, ‘I am learning,’” Jones remembered.
Not every computer lesson has been simple.
“Learning programming is like learning a new language. There are all types of computer languages, C sharp, C++, Visual Logic and Visual Basic” he said.
He has begun to learn those languages and feels ready for the next step in his education, thanks to his professors and advisors at COM.
“Advisor Fatima (Abdeldaim) has helped me since I was a dual credit student,” he said. “When I get to a university, I can just jump in and work with computers.”