After earning his GED at the Henry County Adult Education Center, Milby was matched with Tina Long, Internship and Job Development Specialist for KYCCC. Long helped Milby work on his soft skills and search for an internship opportunity. Dylan, who had spent nine years self-studying computers, was accepted to complete an internship for the IT Department at Henry County Public Schools.
“I had become discouraged about working with computers, but this internship helped me remember why I love working in this field,” Milby said. “I have met wonderful staff members who have helped me grow. Most importantly, I have learned how to think critically.”
Through his internship, Milby has learned various aspects of IT work, in addition to professionalism and customer service. He has formed relationships with professional mentors, who encouraged him to pursue higher education.
At the conclusion of his internship, Milby was offered a full-time position as IT Help Desk Manager. Milby works on various IT projects in addition to training middle and high school students how to become technicians.
“Dylan has been a go-getter from day one,” Nikkol Bauer, Chief Information Officer for Henry Country Public Schools, said. “He is willing to ask questions and advocate for himself.”
“Dylan is a prime example of a student taking initiative,” Long added. “In addition to his internship, Dylan jumps at every opportunity to speak about KYCC at community events.”
Milby has advocated for KYCC at the Henry County Harvest Showcase, the Shelby RECC Annual Meeting and the Henry County Pastor's Meeting.
“KYCC has offered me countless opportunities to grow personally and professionally, and I couldn’t be more thankful,” Milby said. “I am taking a huge leap into the IT field, and I am excited to excel in my career. I am an 18-year-old, and I feel like our generation is looked down upon. I want all my peers to know that if I can succeed, you definitely can.”
*KYCC serves out-of-school youth in Bullitt, Henry, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble Counties ages 16-24 who are interested in summer employment, year-round employment or achieving secondary school credentials.
Please note: Reprinted with permission from the Sept. 26 issue of the Henry County Local.