I worked in the financial services industry for 25 years, the first 5 in customer service and the next 20 years as a software developer, always learning new skills and training others. During those 25 years a lot has changed for me, I am married have three kids, one at KU, one at Blue Valley High School, and one at Prairie Star Middle School.
I knew I wanted to become a web developer in high school and pursued that dream. I graduated from University of Missouri-St. Louis with a Bachelor’s degree but unfortunately they didn’t have a developer program. My education continued in the workforce where I taught myself technical skills including, but not limited to, Visual Basic, front end development/design, C#, and Java. Centriq Training helped me take those skills and focus my skillset into my dream career.
For the past 20+ years, I was a mainframe developer in the financial services industry. After 9/11, I took military leave to serve in the Army and was deployed to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom. When my life as an infantryman ended, I returned to the life of a mainframe programmer. After a while, I grew restless for a new challenge so I decided to grow my coding skill set by learning newer technologies. Now I’m working on that goal at Centriq and enjoying the experience.
I am a U.S. Army Veteran interested in continuing my career focus of Information Technology, Desktop support, Help Desk Technician, into my civilian life. I am eager to continue my education and better myself to excel in my field. I am currently a student at Centriq Training enrolled in the Systems and Security career track, where I will obtain CompTIA’s A+, Network+, Security+, and Microsoft Server Administration Fundamentals certifications. The reason why I chose IT is because I love the mind bobbling puzzles that comes with troubleshooting issues. More importantly the great feeling you have after solving the problem at hand, from those “My computer just won’t turn on”, all the way to full on outages.
Ever since I graduated from college, I’ve been fortunate to excel in different high paced, customer focused roles like retail management, insurance sales, and auto claims. I’ve always had an interest in and aptitude for technology and have often been the go-to “IT-person”. Outside of work, I’m very passionate about the scouting program as an Eagle Scout. I’m also a die-hard fan of soccer. I’m looking forward to finding a company that I can have the same kind of passion in my new chosen career.Read More
I was born and raised in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. After High School I joined the Marine Corps as a Rifleman and was stationed in Twentynine Palms, CA and then deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. After I left the Marine Corps, I went to the University of Central Missouri and have been doing sales related jobs since college.Read More
I grew up in Pleasant Hill, Missouri until the age of 18 where I joined the United States Army. In the Army I specialized as a Network and System Administrator. The Military gave me awesome opportunities to live in and visit countries such as Ireland, Korea, and Japan. I worked as a Network Administrator after the Military for two years, but was ready for something new and challenging.
Hello, my name is Jon Beckner and for the last few years, I have worked in the restaurant industry as I completed undergraduate and graduate studies. As I worked my way up to a management position I learned valuable skills such as adaptability, planning, organization, teamwork and communication that I feel will enable me to succeed in this field. My educational background includes a bachelor’s in criminal justice and sociology, as well as progress towards a master’s in criminology with a focus in cybercrime.Read More
At a young age I loved to take things apart to see how they work. From old stereos to the first computer that I opened, the technology amazed me which lead me to focus on STEM classes through my education. When I moved to a workplace environment I always had jobs that were customer facing and technical such as drafting and manufacturing eyeglass lenses. After having careers like these I realized that a career in IT would be the perfect match for me.
I grew up in Wichita, Kansas, spending my late teens and early twenties in Lawrence, Kansas. After spending some time in beautiful Monterey, California, I lived in Brooklyn, New York for 6 years before moving back to the Kansas City area where I’ve happily resided since 2011. Along the way I taught myself HTML and CSS to be able to make websites for friends working in the creative world. I’ve always enjoyed the challenges posed by teaching myself things and I try to embody the DIY spirit. Though I do find that nothing is better than working with a team.