When it comes to computers, Dale Mork is extremely passionate about them. It is this passion that helped him decide to return to school—almost 40 years after graduating high school. Dale’s tenacity and drive to invest in himself has been evident through work in the classroom and on campus. Keep reading to find out more about Dale’s story, his career goals, and his advice for future students.
How did you become interested in the IT field?
Honestly, it all started back in 1999. My computer was having some serious problems, and I took it to a local shop for the repair. They ran a ‘diagnostic program’ and found nothing wrong with it. They charged me $65.00 after they reformatted the hard drive and sent me home with an empty computer—and it still did not boot up. I thought to myself, ‘now what’?
I then found another person to help fix my computer, and he actually sat down with me and looked more deeply into the issue. After 20 minutes, he found that it had a faulty/cracked motherboard. He fixed it with upgrades, and I was fascinated with his problem solving abilities. It was at that time that I realized that I, too, wanted to work with computers.
At that point, I decided to learn how to do things on my own. So I completed lots of research and started gathering unusable computers to practice re-building them.
What motivated you to return to school?
I have been working on computers as a hobby for over 10 years. I have built dozens of computers and repaired many others. Recently, I decided that I wanted to turn my hobby into a career. I decided to invest in myself and attend Globe University for my degree in information technology.
What are your career goals after graduation?
After graduation, I hope to move into a career that I am passionate about. Sometimes when I stop and realize what is out there for me, it’s simply mind boggling. Even though I have a little more mileage on me, I am very motivated to succeed.
Why did you choose to attend Globe University-Eau Claire?
Globe University offers class sizes that are very comfortable. And the people, whether they are students or faculty, are very cordial. It seems that a lot of the students are cut from the same cloth, only with different patterns, and it makes for a very welcoming environment.
Do you have any advice for fellow or future students at Globe University?
Students have their whole lives in front of them, whether they realize it or not. The degree that they are pursuing can, and will open many doors for them. I advise them to stop and look around at everything. Having perspective will take on a new outlook and will help you achieve your dreams.
Dale, we wish you the best of luck throughout your program, and cannot wait to see what you achieve in the future!