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Blinn Student of the Month brings years of information technology experience to the classroom

Army veteran Logan Halloran balances career, studies in Blinn Information Technology Program

February 28, 2017

While serving in the U.S. Army, first-year Blinn College student Logan Halloran was the go-to guy for correcting technical difficulties.

His responsibilities ranged from simple data recovery to setting up dozens of users on a network across seven different military bases in Iraq. His enthusiasm to dig into problems and persistence in finding a solution made Halloran realize a career in information technology would be a perfect fit.

Following his four-year stint in the military, Halloran enrolled at Temple College while working two jobs before making his way to Bryan-College Station. In March 2016, the Ohio native was hired as the assistant director of information technology at RuggedCycles, a private bike-sharing company based in Bryan.

The position allowed Halloran the flexibility he needed to enroll in Blinn’s Information Technology (IT) Program, where he recently earned recognition as Blinn’s Technical & Community Programs Student of the Month for February. Though he possessed experience directly from the industry, Halloran said Blinn’s courses have allowed him to hone his skills and network with others in the field.

“Since most of the work I do at RuggedCycles has to do with databases, and my knowledge is limited, I needed to know all aspects of the trade,” he said. “I want to be more effective at my job, and Blinn’s IT Program is helping me do that. Many of the courses I am enrolled in are highly specific to the job duties I perform on a daily basis.”

Blinn’s IT Program offers an IT Administrator Associate of Applied Science Degree, as well as three certificate plans – Linux Specialist, Microsoft Specialist, and Occupational Skills Award in Computer Information Technology (OCIT). Courses cover the fundamentals of personal computers, networking, and security using CompTIA standards; the installation, configuration, and administration of Linux and Windows servers, Cisco switches and routers; and Apache web server hosting a PHP/MySQL application. 

In addition to the technical curriculum, graduates of the program also gain valuable academic and workplace skills, including critical thinking, problem solving, and oral and written communications. With many current students working in the industry, Program Coordinator Robert Nelson said group discussions regarding new technology and procedures allow them to bring their experiences to the classroom.

“I like to get practical applications from people who currently work in the field,” Nelson said. “At his company, Logan works through many of his own IT issues, so it is interesting to hear what application he used in a particular instance. We will then discuss whether the solutions were optimal, lacking, or could be improved.”

Halloran is on track to graduate in May 2018 with an IT Administrator Associate of Applied Science Degree. He simultaneously will complete an associate degree in biology, which he started while enrolled in Temple College. He plans to transfer to Texas A&M University, where he ultimately would like to earn a doctoral degree in genetic pathology.

“Since I am going to be in school for the next 12 years, I need a job where I can live comfortably and have time to take college courses on the side,” Halloran said. “The IT Program at Blinn gave me an opportunity to learn more about my own job and what I do every day, therefore becoming more effective and more valuable.”

For more information on Blinn’s IT Program, visit: cit.blinn.edu.