Alumni Spotlight - Richard Bachmann

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Alumni Spotlight

Richard Bachmann

Class of 2013
Associate in Applied Science Degree 
Information Technology – Network Administration Option

Internships @ PCCC
From Boy Scout Exec to L’Oreal Tech:
Career Changer Pursues New Path @ PCCC

Posted 12-3-14

Richard Bachmann came to PCCC with career change in mind. The Washington Township resident already had a bachelor’s degree in English from Drew University and years of experience as a senior district executive with the Boy Scouts of America.

“The non-profit world has its rewards, but regular hours and good pay are frequently not one of them,”
said Rich.  Seeking a more lucrative career, he turned to the IT field. – “I enjoy working on computers,” he said. “I felt I was reasonably skilled at it, and IT offers a steady, in-demand career.”

In 2013, Rich graduated with his A.A.S. degree in Information Technology with a Network Administration option.  Today, as a full-time tech consultant, Rich manages the physical hardware that powers the company network for L’Oreal USA.

Rich says his job working with the Internet Data Center (IDC) at the company’s  Berkeley Heights New Jersey location, “has real longevity and industry-wide transferable skills.”

He credits much of his successful career transition to the education he received at PCCC and the experience he earned in an internship through the College.

“I would recommend PCCC because they have a well-structured and well-taught IT curriculum,” said Rich.  “The professors were excellent… and the  internship program was well-run, offered continual support for its participants, and the site placements were well made.”

Rich’s internship at Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) in Paterson required him to assist the IT direct support staff there, working on everything from computers and printers, to electronic door locks and wiring in the IDF closets, the closets with all the computer connections.

“Many of the things I did there were new and necessary lessons to operating in the IT field,” said Rich who appreciated the opportunity to apply what he learned in classes to real situations.

“All of a sudden, you have to figure out things you never considered when in class,” such as how to determine why a printer won’t print. 

Though he intends to eventually seek a bachelor’s degree in a tech field, Rich is focused for now on his work.  “At this early stage of my career, working and gaining experience make more sense,” he explained.  “In the IT industry especially, experience is as, if not more, valuable than formal training. ”