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March 02, 2007
Gwinnett Tech CIS Grad from Romania Finds Career Success with Leading Banker
Thousands of miles from home, Tibor Nagy pursues his passion and lands a top job in the industry
A passion for computers is what landed Tibor Nagy a solid career with one of Atlanta’s leading financial institutions. But the road to career success wasn’t necessarily a direct one for this Romanian-born emigrant and graduate of Gwinnett Tech.
Thirty-one-year-old Nagy first traveled to Atlanta from his homeland of Romania as a college exchange student to work various jobs during summer breaks. Three years into the program, Nagy was hired by a bakery who took a liking to him and his credentials as a baker.
But his heart and soul weren’t truly into the role. Throughout his high school and college years in Romania, Nagy had pursued his passion of computers. While working at the bakery, he learned of Gwinnett Tech from a coworker who sang the praises of the college.
Nagy enrolled at Gwinnett Tech and continued to work around the clock as a baker to complete Gwinnett Tech’s CIS program while also learning English. Through the program Nagy was placed as an intern with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta in its CCS department. The bank was so impressed with Nagy’s work that it asked for another intern to fill his role, and hired Nagy permanently.
“Right off the bat it was evident that the work ethics and knowledge base that Tibor gained at Gwinnett Tech was right in keeping with those of the Bank,” said Tiffany Temple, credit and collateral products and reporting systems analyst with Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta. “He showed us determination, ingenuity and quick-thinking... skills and resources that we value on our team. He truly is an asset to our organization.”
In his current role, Nagy is responsible for data validation, business intelligence reports and information security administration.
Nagy was impressed with the high level of technology and equipment that Gwinnett Tech uses to train its students to enter their chosen field. “Gwinnett Tech provided everything I needed to prepare for a career in IT,” said Nagy. He adds that every single course he has taken at Gwinnett Tech has helped him directly in his job. “The technical courses have helped me perform my job requirements, while the general education and social courses have helped me with my soft skills,” he said. He also cites the inspiration, knowledge and motivation that he received from his Gwinnett Tech instructors as his catalyst to pursuing his career and goals.
Nagy’s wife also enrolled in Gwinnett Tech and will graduate from the radiologic technology program this year.
Lorri Christopher, one of Nagy’s instructors and a director of institutional advancement at GTC, said Nagy and his wife “are a lovely young couple who have experienced the American Dream because of their own hard work and determination and the support they received from the instructors and staff at Gwinnett Tech who believed in them.”
Nagy plans to attend a four-year university to build on the education he earned at Gwinnett Tech. “The transferable courses from Gwinnett Tech will allow me to practically cut in half the time and effort I will need to invest [in furthering my career],” Nagy said.
Gwinnett Tech offers more than 20 degree, diploma and certificate programs in Computer Information Systems, including CISCO CCNA Specialist, Java Programmer, Cyber Crime Specialist and Information Security Specialist.
To learn more about these programs – or any of the other more than 45 programs offered at Gwinnett Tech – call 770.962.7580 or visit www.GwinnettTech.edu.
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Gwinnett Technical College, one of Georgia's largest technical colleges, is committed to delivering relevant knowledge to meet the workforce training needs of the region it serves. The college offers more than 50 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs and hundreds of seminars, workshops and courses providing specialized training. Gwinnett Tech's service area includes Gwinnett and North Fulton counties. Gwinnett Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College. In addition, some college programs hold separate licensure or accreditation status with appropriate agencies. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu.
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