When Jonathon Zayas was a teenager, he realized he had a passion for technology working on computers in his uncle’s repair shop. A first generation college student, Jonathon was motivated to attend FSU so he can get an education that would land him a great job upon graduation. He was determined to be able to take care of his mother like she did for him when he was growing up.

Upon arriving to FSU, Jonathon started a job at the CCI HelpDesk and got involved in student organizations. He gained leadership skills as a member of the STARS Alliance and President of the Community Outreach Group. Paired with the skills he learned in his IT classes and the support of faculty, he felt prepared for a fruitful career. Jonathon now works as a hardware engineer at Lockheed Martin in Boulder, Colorado.

Watch the video below to learn more about Jonathon’s inspiring story.