While working as a licensed benefits advisor, Camille Cross received an email that would change the course of her career. “I received an email about [IT Career Lab’s] Cisco certifications and as long as I could remember technology has always been a passion of mine,” said Camille.

Coincidentally, her current position was ending in February and the next IT Career Lab class began in March. “The timing was perfect,” Camille said. She enrolled in IT Career Lab and was on her way to changing her career path!

In just a few weeks, Camille earned three globally-recognized certifications: Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and CompTIA Network+. Camille performed so well in class and on her exams that the class instructor asked if she would consider coming back to teach! Although she was flattered by the offer, she decided to continue her pursuit for a career in technology.

“I love Information Technology. It’s my passion,” said Camille. “I welcome the challenges, and it gives me a rush to resolve issues – especially in the first attempt.” After earning her certifications, Camille entered a paid internship program and continued to enhance her technology skills from there.

Fortunately, Camille’s determination, passion and drive quickly helped her find her current position as Help Desk Analyst! “I love my job dearly,” said Camille. “There’s so much room for growth, and as long as they keep me here – I’m here.”

When asked about her experience with National Able Network and IT Career Lab, Camille said, “It definitely put me in an income bracket that I want to be. [My employer] is willing to cross-train me on networking, and I am only two years into IT! I would attribute that to IT being my passion, and my certifications…I can keep going and going and going with technology!”

If you’re interested in a career in technology, IT Career Lab can help! Click here to learn more about the program and attend an information session.