Career takes off for HCC computer networking grad

Aug 24, 2021

To Love Omoruyi, the definition of a good job is one that you don’t mind going to each day. His gig at H-E-B fits that description, and more.

Last August, Omoruyi, a graduate of Houston Community College, joined the San Antonio, Texas-based supermarket giant as an electrical maintenance and IT field technician.

“It’s an awesome job,” said Omoruyi, 26, a father of one. “I do whatever they need from setting up firewall switches to fixing cash registers and scanners. If there’s a power outage, I’ll go to the computer room and find out which switches are down and put them back.“

Omoruyi, who is of Nigerian descent, graduated from Alief Early High School in 2014 with both a high school diploma and Associate of Science degree from HCC as a dual credit student.

“I’ve always been interested in computers,” he said. “I was building gaming PCs when I was 12, and also pursuing music, playing drums for my church.”

At HCC, Omoruyi learned more about information technology and decided to focus on networking. After being certified in CompTIA A+, he now plans to take the Network+ certification test and return to the college this fall to study Linux Administration.

“He is very ambitious and has a high standard for himself to reach the height of his career in the IT field,” said Josh Lo, adjunct professor of computer networking at HCC. “He’s got a lot riding on him being a single dad. He wants to provide a better life for his family. He's always looking to learn more skills to help him advance in his career."

Omoruyi said his job at H-E-B provides a solid footing for him to apply the skills he has learned and acquire new knowledge along the way. This month, he took on a project to install time clocks for H-E-B employees and was able to put much of what he learned from HCC to use.

"I'm grateful for my education at HCC," he said. "I'm definitely seeing how everything I learned is being applied to the field."

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