Father of Two Finds Inspiration, Opportunity in Return to School
February 28, 2013 - Going back to school at age 40 with two small children was no easy task for Michael Henderson. After a serious car accident, Michael found himself back in Vidalia working at a local retail outlet. He knew he wanted a change, and began thinking about going back to school to pursue a career in electronics.
Henderson is in the Electronics Technology program at Southeastern Technical College where he also participates in a work-study program. Through classes and work-study, he has access to the latest technology and equipment and gains practical knowledge about computer software, installation, and support. STC Electronics Instructor William “Chip” Greene has been a mentor for Henderson.
“Chip inspires me,” said Henderson. “He has a great way of teaching, and this makes students want to learn.”
The road to success has not been an easy one, though, Henderson admits. He first went to Southeastern Tech for admissions testing in 2006 and was discouraged by his scores. Five years later, he was ready to try again, and his scores improved.
“I knew I was going to do it, and do it right this time,” said Henderson. “This was the moment.”
Henderson states that Greene gave him the confidence he needed, and this opened new doors for him. He now works with Chicken of The Sea and U.S. Pet Nutrition. He works alongside three other IT professionals to provide computer hardware and software support to four locations around Lyons, Ga.
“We support anything electronic,” said Henderson. “So there is always something to do.”
Even outside of work Henderson stays busy with classes, homework, and being a father to his two children, Arden and Aiden. He says being a father also inspires him as a student, as he wants to be a good example to his children. He and his fiancé, Kelly, are both working parents who are in school.
Henderson says he is thankful to have a great job in his community and will continue to work hard to be the best employee he can be.
He also offers advice to those considering going back to school after having a career, family, or both.
“Find it within yourself to not give up,” Henderson said. “Hold yourself accountable, work hard, and give 100 percent.”
For more information on Southeastern Tech’s Electronics Technology program, visit www.southeasterntech.edu or call 912-538-3100 or 478-289-2200.