Fredrick Dande Builds IT Networking
Career from Solid MCCC Roots
Windsor, N.J. - Installing computer software for family and
friends was a hobby for Fredrick Dande '04 (Computer
Systems and Network Administration). As demand for his services
grew, he thought, "Why not turn what I love to do into
a career?" Today, he is doing just that on a highly sophisticated
level as a senior systems administrator at Janney Montgomery
Scott LLC, Philadelphia's largest financial services firm.
Dande's goal is to ensure that all computer systems are up
and running so that employees are able to proactively serve
clients' financial needs. "IT infrastructure has a lot
of critical systems that need to be functional at all times,
even during system failures. That's where I come in,"
Dande said. "Being able to make several systems 'talk'
to each other to provide seamless operation is not an easy
job. The challenge gives me immense satisfaction. I enjoy
Dande began his formal training at Mercer in 2001 right after
many dot-com businesses crashed as a result of over-speculation
and bad business decisions. Seeking a two-year degree to gain
expertise quickly, he enrolled at MCCC, drawn by both its
highly-regarded technology programs and affordability. His
academic foundation included courses in IT security, networking,
programming and systems administration, configuration and
architecture, and more.
Mercer, I realized just how I could fit into the industry,"
recalled Dande, who was named to the Dean's Kist and selected for
Who's Who Among America's Junior Colleges. "Mercer's program
was very thorough and detailed. Its computer labs are well-equipped
to mimic real world corporate problems."
In addition to his academic achievement, Dande also credits Mercer
with helping him become a leader, which has enabled him to excel
in the workforce. He served as a Student Government Association
(SGA) senator and Computer Club president. He was a member of the
Student Activities Board and attended student leadership conferences.
Dande hungered for more learning and transferred to the New Jersey
Institute of Technology (NJIT) in 2004, where he earned a bachelor's
degree in Engineering Technology in 2006. While at NJIT, he landed
a desktop analyst position at the now defunct Lehman Brothers global
financial services firm in Jersey City. He earned a master's degree
in Technology Management from NJIT in 2008 while working as a systems
administrator at Albridge Solutions, a wealth management services
firm based in Lawrenceville.
Happy in his present role at Janney, Dande looks forward to more
opportunities in management. "I have the education and know-how
to manage a dynamic group, foster productivity, retain employees,
and produce a sound budget," he said. He is currently pursuing
an MBA via the University of Massachusetts at Amherst online.
Dande traces the roots of his success back to MCCC. Recalling faculty
members Winston Maddox, Leroy Wilkerson, and Jeffrey Weichert and
staff members Marilyn Pender and Barbra Campbell, he said, "I
really felt part of a vibrant learning community because I had close
interaction with everyone. They cared about my overall development."
He concludes, "If I had to do it all over again, I would not
change anything. My best advice for everyone is to get involved
in campus life and learn from others."
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