College Grad Turns to NECC for New Career
Computer and information sciences student Samantha Romano expected to gain valuable experience when she accepted an internship with RMON Networks, Inc., in Plaistow, NH. She didn’t expect to be offered a full-time job which she eagerly accepted.
A Kingston, New Hampshire, resident, Sammi graduated in May 2016 with a 4.0 GPA and an Associate of Science Degree in Computer & Information Sciences and Certificates in Computer Security and Computer Networking. She already had a bachelor’s degree in physical science from Plymouth State College, where she was a three-sport athlete, when she turned to Northern Essex for a career path.
“Northern Essex was just as focused as I was in finding a career for me that I would be challenged in, excel at, and enjoy,” Sammi said. “I am overwhelmed with the opportunities offered by NECC.”
Taking a cue from her dad, who is a systems engineer, the 27 year old started imagining herself in the Computer Information Sciences Program. Imagination gave way to reality when she enrolled in just one computer class and wondered, “Why didn’t I do this sooner?”
In addition to attending classes full time, Sammi continued to work 30 to 35 hours a week with disabled adults. She was also an embedded math tutor, a note-taker for a learning accommodations student at NECC, and a supplemental instructor in NECC’s Computer & Information Sciences Program.
She enrolled in the Northern Essex Internship Program and started working with RMON Networks last fall where she learned to build desktops, clean viruses, and manage servers and networks. After just five months, she was offered a full-time position as a help desk technician.
Sammi is already researching master’s programs and hopes to be enrolled in the fall.