Jeanene Pedee enrolled in Bates Technical College’s software development program following a layoff from a local bank. With nine years of data entry experience, she knew she wanted to learn more about computers.

As part of her education, she completed an internship in Tacoma Public Library’s Information Services department, which allowed her to gain experience as a computer technician.

After graduating with her degree in 2000, she began the job hunt and discovered an open position in the college’s IT department.  Jeanene applied and was hired, and has been working for the college since 2001.

Jeanene believes that, “Sometimes it takes a little while to get that dream job, but you just have to be patient and keep looking.”

  1. What inspires you each day? To know that I can help make a difference for someone at Bates. It might be a student or a staff member, but I like knowing that I’ve made someone’s day better. And, to be able to communicate so they understand what the issue might be, and how I can fix it for them.
  2. What is your goal or mission when you come into work each day? To give the best possible customer service to all my customers, and to get my projects done in a timely manner.
  3. As an alumnus, what would you say to encourage a prospective student to earn a degree or certificate? Bates is a great place to learn a new career or brush up on your skills! The classes are relevant to your education, and the instructors are very knowledgeable and helpful in guiding you on your career path.
  4. What is the best part of being a Professional-Technical Employee at Bates Technical College? I really enjoy what I do, and I have made some great friends and colleagues. Plus, it’s close to where I live, so I don’t have a long commute!
  5. If you had the opportunity to have dinner with one person, living or dead, who would that be, and why? It would be my grandfather. He died long before I was born, so I’d like to ask him what life was like back in Russia in the early 1900s. I’d ask him about immigrating to Canada and the USA. I’d also find out about his musical career, since I play brass instruments and he played a horn in the Russian Army band when Tsar Nicholas II was in power. He left Russia in about 1906 to bring the family to Canada.