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Chris Ward’s “Spaced Out” Path to IT

I grew up around computers. From the TRS-80 in the school library to the VIC-20 at home, I played around with Basic, Cobol, and even a little FORTRAN.

Photo: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration, and W. Keel (University of Alabama)

But I wanted to be an astrophysicist, and fly the Space Shuttle, so computers were more of a hobby at that point.

Somewhere along the line I got an internship at a local radio station in Albuquerque. Suddenly, spending a lot of my time in school to get all those science degrees didn’t seem to be important. I wanted to do television and media. All the while, I was that “young kid” who would fix all the computers and get the printers to work when my on-air shift was over.

Enter the world of digital editing and DAW’s. It became even more a part of my job to keep everything running and training other people on how to use computers. Networking the radio station’s systems became my “job” as well so I began to look into Novell and Microsoft certifications. In 1999, I was laid off from the radio station and found myself recording audio for a training company. I quickly picked up my A+, Network+, and iNet+ certifications followed by my MCSE in 2000. From there it was a jump into Cisco racking up CCNA, CCDA, CCNP, CCDP, and Wireless specialty certs.

Training became my life and I haven’t looked back.


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