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Computer Information Systems Graduate: Nancy Lee

"Patience and determination alone are omnipotent."

Nancy Lee is a 2008 honors graduate of the computer information systems bachelor's program at Metropolitan State University. Pursuing an IT career was not an easy or quick process for Nancy. Perhaps this is why one of her favorite quotes is from Calvin Coolidge: "Patience and determination alone are omnipotent."

Nancy grew up in a family that did not value education. She married right after high school and worked as an accounting specialist. It took 20 more years before Nancy found a career area that sparked her interest. In 1996, she hooked up to the Internet. She taught herself HTML coding and "hung out" in chat rooms that taught HTML to high school students. In 1999, she was hired by Sorenson Associates as an administrative assistant. Within six months, her technology skills and motivation landed her a promotion to web master and network administrator.

By 2005, Nancy had become a single mom to two daughters with learning disabilities. She realized her own life-long challenges were owing to similar difficulties. Soon after, she was diagnosed with ADHD. Rather than letting it be a setback, she responded with a new outlook and approach to life. This new stance served her well when few months later she was laid off from her job of six years. She realized that she now had the chance to complete her life-long goal of an education through the Anoka County dislocated workers program.

She enrolled at Metropolitan State in the computer information systems program. She applied for and received a $1,000 Midwave IT Career Development Scholarship offered through the Center for Strategic IT & Security and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU). During her senior year, Nancy started a web developer internship at MnSCU. A year later, only months before her summer 2008 graduation, Nancy was hired by MnSCU as a web contractor. Nancy's new career culminates her 30-year pursuit of a college degree and an inward search to find herself.