Moosey Goljenboom of Pickett is one of 12 students who recently earned certificates from Moraine Park Technical College’s Information Technology (IT) Careers program. The students received certificates in Content Management Systems, Website Security, Android Web Application Development and iOS Web Application Development.
Goljenboom is the first student to complete all four certificates offered though Moraine Park’s IT Careers program. Goljenboom, who grew up in Canton, Okla., knew from a young age that she was interested in IT.
“I always excelled in accounting and business classes in high school and, during my senior year, I took my first computer programming class,” she said. She went on to graduate from UW-Oshkosh in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems. “I could get a job after graduation but not in my field,” said Goljenboom.
In 2009, Goljenboom was working full-time and decided to enroll part-time in Moraine Park’s Information Technology-Web Designer/Developer program. With some encouragement from her instructor, Dominic Garofalo, she decided to take a course in the IT Careers program. After receiving her first certificate in Content Management in September 2014, Goljenboom decided to quit her job and enroll full-time at Moraine Park. Since then, she has been taking courses in the IT Careers program while also working toward an associate of applied science degree.
Although she is still in school, Goljenboom has already hit the ground running with her IT expertise. She started up her own business, Eagleshead Web Design LLC, and has developed a client base of businesses looking for help with logo development and website design. “I decided to start my own business because of the changing technology. Businesses need to be sure their websites are keeping up with the changing technology, and I have the knowledge to help them with this,” said Goljenboom.
Even though her business is off to a good start, Goljenboom is continuing her education at Moraine Park. She is on track to earn her associate of applied science degree in the IT Web Designer/Developer program in fall 2016, and she is also completing an Entrepreneur certificate in the spring. “Technology is ever changing, upgrading and evolving,” said Goljenboom. “I plan to continue learning and upgrading my technology skills to help my business and others.”
When asked what excites her most about IT, Goljenboom responded, “I like the front end of designing a website – it’s like making a quilt and choosing the right colors to make it look beautiful. Although I also do like coding and validating on the back end.”
This summer, Goljenboom was joined by 11 other classmates receiving Android and iOS Web Application Development certificates from Moraine Park’s IT Careers program. Those students included: Jeannie Bruesch and Tim Staffaroni of West Bend; Austin Enders of Oshkosh; Zacharia Kejo and Adam Skeel of Fond du Lac; Becky Scannell of Campbellsport; Daniel Spredemann of Menomonee Falls; and Keith Walters of Cedar Grove. Jeannie Bruesch also completed the Web Site Security certificate, and Javeed Kadri of Waupun completed the Content Management Systems certificate.
The IT Careers program is funded by a three-year, $995,662, TAACCCT 3 grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant supports the statewide INTERFACE project, which was established to help develop, improve and expand adult educational training pathways to careers in information technology-related occupations in Business, Information Technology, Healthcare, Logistics, Automation and Manufacturing. Overall, 29 students have earned IT certificates through Moraine Park’s IT Careers program since its inception in October 2013, and 90 students are expected to enroll in the program over the course of the three-year grant.
In the upcoming fall semester, Moraine Park is offering Content Management and Website Security certificates on the Fond du Lac campus. For more information on Moraine Park’s IT Careers program, visit morainepark.edu/itcareers.