A devastating layoff created an opportunity for Mike Pozun to develop his interest in computers with the help of Lorain County Community College.

Pozun, 53, earned an associate’s degree in CISS- Network Communications Technology in December 2011 with a 4.0 grade point average. He is now enrolled through LCCC’s University Partnership to earn Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems, Networking Option degree from The University of Akron.

Pozun was laid off in 2006, after working 31 years as a manager at Tops Markets. His lay off included funding for short-term training. He first came to LCCC as part of the Fast Track IT program and earned a short-term certificate. The training program was enough to convince Pozun to continue with his education in the IT field.

“Sometimes what seems like the worst thing that could happen to you turns out to be the best thing that could happen to you,” he said. “From a career in retail management to a career in information technology; I have been given the opportunity to reinvent myself.”

A key part of Pozun’s experience is an internship at Harley-Davidson Dealer Systems. He began interning with the company in 2007 and continues to work 32 hours per week answering questions and resolving IT issues for Harley-Davidson dealers around the country.

Pozun is also highly involved with St. Jude Catholic Church, where he is a Eucharistic minister, lector and choir member.

Once he earns a bachelor’s degree, Pozun plans to become a network administrator.