Student Spotlight
Dillon Cunnningham IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Dillon Cunningham

SJR State Program of the Month - Business

Insuring his career – SJR State student takes steps to stay on top of his industry

MEET DILLON. At the age of 18, Dillon was one of those rare teenagers who found his calling in life right out of high school. He began interning with the ThompsonBaker Insurance Agency while attending SJR State, and his dedication paid off when he was offered a position with the agency after completing his internship. While diving headfirst into the industry exposed him to the many facets of the insurance field, Dillon still thought it would be wise to continue his education. That was when he was approached with a generous offer.

“Greg Baker, chairman of the ThompsonBaker Agency and a mentor of mine, offered to sponsor my insurance specialization courses at St. Johns River State College,” Dillon said. Through this sponsorship, he is currently earning an Associate in Science degree in Business Administration with a specialization in insurance.

“The insurance courses really helped me learn the dynamics of the industry,” he said. “I was able to take what I learned in the courses and implement it daily.” Dillon found that the combination of experience gained on the job and from his classes put him a step above the rest in his field.


Brian C. Newman IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Brian C. Newman

MARCHING INTO TECH - Military retiree turns hobby into a future in Computer Network Engineering

            In 2012, Brian C. Newman retired from the United States Army after 22 years of service. One might expect a retiree to relax, but that wasn’t for him. Instead, the 40-year-old enrolled in St. Johns River State College’s Computer Network Engineering Technology program. This two-year Associate in Science degree program trains students to analyze, install, configure, manage and troubleshoot computer networks. Students are trained for careers in cable specialization, PC support, network control operation, data communications analysis, network technology and computer security specialization. While the numerous career options alone would have many intrigued, Newman’s interest in technology actually began much earlier as a simple hobby.