Vannda Prak’s Journey to an IT Career

In March, Vannda Prak spoke at PEM’s Annual Boston Premier CIO Forum that spotlighted one of SIM Boston’s important outreach partners. The chapter provides financial grants to Year Up both in Boston and Providence as well as connections with its members – several who sponsor students every year. Read more about Vannda’s journey:

“My name is Vannda Prak and I am 25 years old. Fresh out of high school at the age of 18, I went straight to the University of Rhode Island as a nursing student. Nursing was something my parents wanted me to pursue, and something I had little interest in. After bouncing between different majors, I decided to go to Community College to save money while figuring out what I wanted to do. During this time, I was also waitressing. Frustrated with the direction of my career and financial struggles, I decided to join Year Up after hearing about it from friends and family members who did the program and are now leading successful, fulfilling lives. I wanted stability for my future and I was hoping Year Up would provide me with that opportunity.

Applying for Year Up Providence was hands-down the best decision I have made for myself and my future. After a thorough application process, I was accepted as a student on the IT track, expanding my knowledge in writing, business, and technology. With Year Up’s high level of support, I was able to complete all of my courses and secure an internship at Citizens Bank. I am an Infrastructure Business Support intern working in the Business Intelligence and Decision Support team. Our department is responsible for Infrastructure project delivery enablement. After I graduate from the program in August, I plan to re-enroll this upcoming fall semester to further my learning and advance my career. I have the wonderful staff and students to thank for helping me reach my potential as a young professional striving against the opportunity divide to create a brighter, more successful future for myself and to inspire those around me to never give up.”

Read online on SIM Boston’s website here.