MAKING A CONNECTION

Andrew WAND

 

“The instructors are really in-tune with the students.” That’s what HTC graduate Andrew Prosser says in describing what he liked about his experience at the college. Completing a degree in computer programming in 2011, Prosser had earned a degree in cabinetmaking from the college in 2005. He enjoyed that work, but when the economy faltered in 2008, he decided to return to the college to prepare for a new career. He was able to benefit from a federal program that paid for his tuition and other education expenses.   

One week after graduation, Prosser began his career as a software architect at WAND Corporation, which has over 100 employees at its headquarters in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. WAND is a global technology leader for the restaurant industry, partnered with the most well-known and world-class brands. With a mission to be the greatest restaurant management and technology partner in the world, WAND offers digital menu board, point of sale, back office, and business intelligence solutions.

“I like the work environment at WAND,” says Prosser, “because your co-workers are more than colleagues – they’re your friends.” Proud of graduating from HTC with 4.0 grade point average, Prosser has continued to strive for excellence. He was named WAND Employee of the Year for 2013.  

“HTC students get hands-on, applicable training, not vague theories,” observes Nate Reimers, corporate recruiter for WAND, who has attended three career fairs at HTC and also posts open positions with the college. “It’s a good foundation for starting a career.” 

Vikram Jairam, vice president of technology at WAND, agrees, adding, “Honestly, I believe that two years of intense training is more relevant than a four-year degree.” He has a direct interest in curriculum and sees a relationship between colleges and small businesses as an important connection -- for students, their future employers, and the college.

For Andrew Prosser, training at HTC has helped set him on a path to a successful career. Making that connection is one of the reasons he’s glad he chose Hennepin Technical College.  



Last updated by jhanson : 2016-07-27 09:08:34