Mike Gifford - Sullivan Lexington Alum of the Month
Mike Gifford was selected as Alum of the Month from the Sullivan University's Lexington campus. He said, "It's is an honor to be selected for Alumnus of the month, when I received the first email I was thrilled to see that I had been selected." Mike completed his degree in Information Technology in 2009. He told us about his experiences while attending Sullivan and his current opportunities.
"My favorite thing about Sullivan was the quarterly scheduling which allowed me to earn my degree much faster than I would have at an institution on a semester schedule. I really enjoyed my classes with Professors Tom Jones, Analiese Bratcher, and Erskine Clinton, they are very knowledgeable and kept us interested and engaged in our classes. Sullivan helped prepare for the position I have now by teaching all the essential tools I needed to become a leader. I learned invaluable skills through the information technology program to not only be a person who could manage a network but also a person who could manage a business successfully. A fair portion of the IT program was business related and the skills I learned in those classes have really helped me in the career path I'm on."
Mike is currently working at Pentair Technical Solutions as a Lean Specialist. He said, "I have been with the company for 17 years and started there as a painter. In the Lean Specialist position I collect data on our processes and determine how to eliminate processing waste to make our processes faster and more efficient. Skills I learned in the IT program has made it possible for me to succeed in this position. I have used skills learned at Sullivan to build some very complex databases and spreadsheets to help us run our business. Also, in my role I teach managers and operators how to use lean tools and the public speaking class I took at Sullivan has really helped me be successful doing that."
In the near future, Mike plans to finish his Bachelor's degree and continue to grow with his company. "I plan to manage all lean activities in the plant and continuing my education will greatly help me in achieving that goal."
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