He served in the United States Marine Corps for 5 years and now goes to school full-time for Network Systems Administration at ITT Technical Institute. He will graduate in December with an associate degree and plans to go back to school to earn a bachelor degree in cybersecurity, a field that he is interested in pursuing as a career.
Zach needed to find an internship to receive credit for his degree, and when he found out about MND, he was excited to get involved with the organization. “I really liked the idea of what they do,” he said.
Zach plans to continue volunteering at MND after he completes his internship because he loves giving back to the community. “In the Marine Corps and at school, I developed a skills set that I would like to pass on,” he said. “I feel like I’m making at least a slight difference in people’s lives.”
Zach encourages everyone to volunteer because there are still more people that need help, saying, “If people were willing to give their time, even just four hours like me, I think it would help a lot.”
The staff at MND not only find job leads for clients, but they also teach job search and computer skills that allow people to look for employment on their own, which Zach finds particularly important.
“I’ve always been around computers and didn’t realize how difficult it is for people who haven’t to use them for their job search.” Zach loves to see how he can help people go from having little computer skills to being able to type up their own resumes and cover letters and apply to jobs on their own.
When he’s not volunteering or at school, Zach mostly does homework, but he can always find time to care for his two children, who are 4 and 2, and relax. “I watch a lot of TV, probably more than I should,” he said.