Patrick Parry’s interest in computers first came about in high school through a class he took. Even though he did not fair well in that particular class, it did not deter him from pursuing the subject matter as a career. His path to getting a degree in computers began with skipping school for a day. “My friends were going on a visit to Terra State (then known as Terra Tech) which meant a day off from school, which was alright with me,” says the 1978 Huron High School graduate. Parry was very impressed by what he saw that day. “Even though I was not successful in high school with my computer class, I still had an interest in it. The facility that I saw at Terra State really impressed me as a kid. I was wowed.”
Of course, Parry enrolled at Terra State and enjoyed it from the very first day. “You instantly made friends. It was my first time away from my hometown. I grabbed on to few classmates that were from neighboring high schools and became friends with them. That eased my transition into college.” In the classroom, Parry received encouragement from his professors. “I had a computer professor named Mr. Bundy. He gave me incentive to be a computer programmer. He led me through classes in a way that was inspiring and made me want to do better.” There were also classes outside of Parry’s computer classes that were advantageous. “There was a debate class that I took. I have used the skills that I started developing in this class. I will use them today and tomorrow. I use them every day.” In the end, Parry earned his degree in Business Applied Computer Programming in 1980 and turned his sights on to a career.
Average Length of Study
2 years, Full time
Salary Potential $70,460*