Each year, Horizon House residents generously donate to the Employee Education Fund. The fund assists employees in paying for expenses to meet individual educational goals and personal growth objectives. John Roberts, a garage attendant at Horizon House, is an excellent example of why this fund exists.
John, who has worked at Horizon House on and off for three years, recently received an Associate of Applied Sciences (A.A.S.) in Network and Service Administration from North Seattle College, and used the fund to pay for a portion of his classes. John found out about the Employee Education Fund through an HR flyer. The fund will pay up to 75 percent of tuition and books for a class, and Roberts says he used the fund often while getting his degree.
The completion of the two-year degree program now qualifies John for jobs like entry-level network and infrastructure support technician and administrator in specific computer networking skills and general troubleshooting of hardware and software related problems.
The two year program concentrates on UNIX/Linux, Microsoft and Cisco operating system configuration, management, and security. Information security concepts and best practices are woven into individual courses. Many courses are designed to also prepare students for passing industry certifications. John says he hopes to find an IT job, but is happily working in the garage until that happens. Who knows, one day maybe John will be answering resident and staff calls in Horizon House’s own IT department!
This story and John’s success is just one of many bright spots we have here at Horizon House; we can’t wait to share more with you in future months! Please join us in congratulating John on his degree and thanking the residents who donated to the fund that helped him succeed!