Alicia Broadus was in her early 30s when her husband passed away.
A former teacher, Broadus had taken some time away from the classroom to raise her children. She was preparing to return to teaching when David’s death sent her in another direction.
“I had several teacher friends and one of them told me something about the education system that I didn’t agree with,” Broadus recalled. “So, I was subbing in her class, and I felt the Lord shut the door to teaching, so I prayed to Him and said, ‘OK, God, if you have something else for me, I have to know what it is, and I need proof that it is Your direction in my life.’”
That night, Broadus started to research degree programs. Whatever her next step, Broadus knew she wanted to pursue her degree at a Christian university.
A Google search led her straight to Trevecca’s Bachelor of Science in computer information technology program.
“Since I was now a single parent, I needed a place where I could support [my daughters] like their dad could,” Broadus said. “I knew IT was a good field with lots of opportunities.”
Broadus completed the computer information technology program in 2015. Entering a thriving field—the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that computer and information technology occupations are expected to add nearly 550,000 jobs in the next decade—Broadus was quickly able to put her degree to work.
She currently works as an e-book developer at LifeWay Christian Resources, the publishing arm of the Southern Baptist Convention.
“I code the print book files using two of the languages I learned in my degree program [at Trevecca] so that the book can be read on all the devices that people read e-books on,” Broadus explained. “These are then sold as an option on various retailer's websites.”
Broadus recently completed work on a Bible commentary and a Bible study and is currently working to create an e-book version of a devotional. It generally takes her between three and five days to complete an e-book.
Dr. Timothy Myatt, a professor of information technology and management who taught Broadus during her time at Trevecca, says Broadus’ determination and attitude have contributed to her success.
“After a challenging database class, Alicia wrote in an educational reflection: I will take away from this class that I can do whatever I put my heart and soul into. I am more capable than I thought I was,” Myatt recalled. “Alicia’s success is a testimony to the power of perseverance sustained by a positive attitude.”
Her Trevecca degree, Broadus says, has helped her to work in a field she finds fulfilling and challenging. But more than that, her computer information technology degree has allowed her to support her family in a way she believes wouldn’t have been possible without it.
“I would not be able to do my job at all without the foundation of my degree program,” Broadus said. “I couldn’t have supported my children at all only on a teacher’s salary.”
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