Bonita Springs' Serrano Named Student of the Month

Jodie Serrano, a Bonita Springs resident and junior computer information technology major at International College in North Naples, is the college’s student of the month for August 2001.

Serrano, 35, is making a transition from a retail career into the computer and high tech industries. She earned an associate degree from International in computer information systems in 2000 and has been the recipient of Naples Vending and Neno J. Spagna academic scholarships while attending the school. She previously attended Briarcliffe College and Nassau Community College, both in New York state, and Edison Community College before enrolling at International in 1999.

She was nominated for the award by Louis Traina, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at International College.

"Jodie has been employed as a work-study student in our department and her aptitude and acumen with computers is amazing," Traina said. "She is quick to find solutions to any computer problem and she is familiar and up-to-speed with virtually any kind of software or computer language. She is our ‘go-to’ person whenever any computer-related questions arises."

She would like a career that combines a creative flair with computer work.

"I’d like to work in web site design or perhaps doing computer work in the production of movies or television commercials," she said. "I have an interest in art and I’d like to have a career where I can use my knowledge of computers and interest in artistic design."

She said she chose to enroll at International College because of the College’s comprehensive programs in computers.

"I closely evaluated all the local programs but I feel International College’s program is the most diverse and complete," she said. "It has the most areas to choose from based on your interests. They have web design, e-commerce, automation using computers and computers in business applications and office uses. International’s program has the most to offer."
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