(BROWNWOOD) – Charles Marr still finds himself in a classroom, but not getting a grade for academic work.
Marr, 29, began work in mid-May as a campus technician at the Brownwood Independent School District. Marr graduated in late April with an associate degree in Computer Networking and Systems Administration at Texas State Technical College in Brownwood.
He troubleshoots and repairs technology issues primarily at Brownwood Intermediate School and works elsewhere in the school district when needed. As the school year ends, Marr said he and his co-workers will work on upgrades and repairs to computers throughout the summer. He will also work on a CompTIA certification.
“Stay open-minded and be optimistic, and there is nothing really you should ever consider out of your reach,” Marr said.
Marr began growing comfortable with computers when he was in elementary school.
“It was more than just figuring out how to play solitaire,” he said. “A buddy of mine and I would mess with computers at his house and tear them apart and play with them.”
Marr graduated in 2005 from Brownwood High School. He joined the U.S. Army and was a combat engineer stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He also lived in Houston before returning to Brown County.
“Moving back here wasn’t in the cards initially. But in coming back and graduating, it was actually easy because Brownwood is kind of a small town, but not what it used to be,” Marr said. “Everyone knows everybody, and that makes it easier.”
Qualities he learned in the military, such as discipline and commitment, helped him succeed in college.
“At the same time, I had to develop patience with people around me,” Marr said.
Renee Blackshear, an instructor in TSTC’s Computer Networking and Systems Administration program, said she was impressed with Marr’s helpfulness and graciousness.
“As a veteran, Charles is determined to be successful with any task he undertakes,” she said.
While at TSTC, Marr participated in SkillsUSA and placed third statewide in the telecommunications cabling contest.
“Charles distinguished himself by consistently demonstrating knowledge and expertise with course content, completing hands-on projects with ease, and submitting exceptionally well-researched and well-written documentation on various topics,” said Blackshear. “Charles is highly intelligent and has good analytical and communication skills.”
TSTC in Brownwood will have Registration Rally events for the fall semester from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 7, July 7 and Aug. 8.
For more information on TSTC, go to tstc.edu.