Joel E. Canova  '15

Computer Information Technology

Special Recognition:
June 2013 Student of the Month 

I was born February 27, 1963 in Fort Myers, Florida and grew up in Immokalee, Florida. I graduated from Immokalee High in 1981 and then served in the US Air Force as a Russian linguist. After the Air Force, I was a licensed minister for 10 years, and pastored the Sheboygan Church of God for a year. The last 18 years, I was with the State of Florida Department of Corrections as a Corrections Officer, my current rank is Sgt. I am married with four children; ages 30, 28, 26, 22, and five step children ranging from 25 to 13 years old.

Hobbies/extracurricular interests:
I enjoy attending the Next Level Church on Plantation Road. I am a fan of Marlins Baseball, Star Trek, The Wheel of Time book series, MMORPG "Rift", and I like tinkering with computers.

Why did you choose Hodges University?
Hodges schedule of evening classes fit right in with when I could attend classes and still work. Hodges also has a growing reputation as a University to claim as your own.

What do you like best about Hodges University?
I like the small class sizes and the level of attention and focus the professors give each student. At Hodges, I am not just a dollar sign sitting in a class; I am a real person.

What is your favorite class at Hodges University and why?
I really enjoy the hardware, networking, and security classes. Coding makes me dizzy, but give me a hardware or networking problem and its like giving a kid a puzzle to solve!

Previous college/educational experience:
I was ranked third in my class after my junior year at Immokalee High. At the time, Edison College awarded a scholarship to attend two classes during the summer between junior and senior year to the top three juniors of each local high school. After that, I attended U.S. Air Force technical, language, and leadership schools, completed a Ministerial Internship Program with the Church of God, and attended the Corrections Academy at Southwest Florida Criminal Justice Academy.

Additional comments:
I am 50 years old and trying to make a career change because recent attempts to privatize Corrections in Florida have eroded my job security. I've had a computer since the Commodore 64 came out, and I've been tinkering with computers since 1990, so why not do what I love and get paid for it?

Bachelor of Science in Management

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