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Student Spotlight: Dane Belliston, Information Technology Program

Published on September 25, 2014 by Bob Trewartha

Broadview Unviersity-Orem student Dane Belliston is one of our best information technology students. Dane already works in the field for a great company, Control4, and will only continue to find success wherever he chooses to take his career. I had a chance to ask him a little about his experiences with Broadview, information technology and what he likes to do for fun.

Tell me a little about yourself.

I’m a father of two and have been married for six years. My wife and I met in junior high school and were high school sweethearts. I dropped out of high school my first year to take care of my family. My mother was really sick at the time, and I had three younger brothers, so I didn’t feel that my education was all that important. My wife (then girlfriend) was very supportive and helped me out a lot. At around the age of 19, I decided to get my GED certificate. After that I worked at R.C. Willey, played games and wasted a lot of time. At 22 I got married, at 25 had my first child, and six months later realized I needed to do more to support them. Well actually…

Why did you choose to go back to school? Why Broadview?

Continuing from the last question, it was actually my wife that was looking into Broadview. I was making okay money at R.C. Willey, but my wife wasn’t making much being a cosmetologist so she was looking into becoming an ultrasound technician. We met with someone that no longer works with Broadview and in the course of that meeting, we found out that Broadview didn’t have that program, but they did have an IT program. At the time I enjoyed playing with computers and was the go-to guy in my family, but hadn’t thought of making it a career. Ultimately it was the small class sizes that drew me in.

What advice do you have for new students?

If you are going to spend the time and money and endure the emotional impact of going to college, then you should have as much fun with it as possible and work as hard as you can. I’ve enjoyed every class I’ve had at Broadview University for different reasons, but I always try my best to be the guy to lift people up. If you are just starting, try to be that person. Not only does it help others, it will help you as well. It increases your enjoyment of class and school in general. The sacrifice is hard, but it can be better if you are willing to make it better.

What is your dream job?

After a little over a year at Broadview I felt confident enough to move on and find a place in the technology field. To be honest, I found the perfect career opportunity with my current employer. As of right now, I’m an entry-level software and hardware tester, but that’s a good foot in the door. Where I work, they have web designers, android and iOS app designers, programmers of C++, Lua, Java, Linux and the list goes on. There’s potential to have the job that I really want there once my education and knowledge is where it needs to be.

Why do you feel it is important for people to get a college degree?

Knowing more is always a good thing. The more I learned, the more confident I became. For a long time I felt trapped in the nowhere-to-go job and didn’t think that I could ever do anything else, but after several terms and many classes, I knew I was better than that place, so college has helped me gain a lot of confidence in myself and I can’t wait to have that degree on my wall. It will be sign of success since my academic history, past elementary school, has been a story of failures.

How have you applied what you’ve learned in class to the real world?

A lot of what I have learned applies to my job. Networking — because everything we do is networking. Programming — because knowing how programs work and how engineers think can really help when troubleshooting software. Interpersonal skills — because you have to know how to communicate effectively if you want people to understand you and like you. My favorite thing would have to be a workshop for interviewing skills that Brent Clark did. It was right about the time I was gearing up to start looking for a job. I credit the interview skills I learned in that workshop with getting me the job I’m in now. I was under qualified for my job, at least from the application requirements, but I went in there and knew just what to do to portray the kinds of nonverbal messages that are so critical in those moments. Another tip: be enthusiastic no matter what you’re applying for. My bosses later told me that’s one of the things that stood out the most to them.

What are your hobbies?

The shortest answer, play video games, read horror and suspense novels, watch movies of any kind, and goof around on the computer.

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