Success Stories

For over 40 years students graduating from Hallmark College have gone on to prosper in the real world. Listen to what some of our graduates have to say about Hallmark, their careers and their outlook on life.



 

Nikki Cavanaugh
Associate of Applied Science
Medical Assistant

When I came to Hallmark College of Technology, I did not dream I would complete the Medical Assistant Program because I have leukemia. The instructors and staff gave so much of themselves to me. This is what sets Hallmark College above all other schools. Because their motto “Whatever It Takes” and “Attitude is Everything” was passed on to me, I started to look forward to coming to school.

My “oh well” attitude changed to “I want to do this.” I made it a personal goal each day. I became eager to get the next chapter completed, wanting to work for more education and learning. I can smile again and life is wonderful for me. Thanks to Hallmark College of Technology for helping me do “Whatever It Takes” to complete my Medical Assistant Program.

 

Randell K. Williams
Chief Technology Officer of U.S. Global Investors

I was born in Amman, Jordan in 1963 and moved to the United States in 1983 to start a new life. With the training and degree I earned at Hallmark College, I worked my way up from a job with long hours at a corner ice-house and gas station to President of U.S. Web Labs and Chief Technology Officer of U.S. Global Investors. At Hallmark it does not matter where you come from, only where you are going.

Once I completed my Electronics degree at Hallmark, I set in motion a career in computer networking and obtained various Novell and Microsoft certifications. I worked as an Electronics Technician and Sales Consultant for BizMart/Office Max, as Systems Engineer for Jungle Laboratories Corporation in Cibolo, Texas, and as Director of Technology for Arthur Anderson International, LLP for the San Antonio and Austin offices. In 2000, I moved to U.S. Global Investors and U.S Web Labs.

I have recruited and hired Hallmark students for permanent employment and as interns. I value education not only as a social good, but as an essential to any individual’s ability to achieve a higher standard of living and fulfilling life.

Randell K. Williams

 

Jack Ishihara
IT Manager, Shook Mobile Technologies

Working 60 hours plus a week in a retail grocery started to take its toll on my health and lifestyle. I always had given advice to other people about how important it is to get an education. I finally decided to take my own advice. After doing research on several colleges and career schools, Hallmark College of Technology became my final choice for very good reasons.

On my first visit, I received a tour of the campus while classes were in session. After reviewing the brochures and talking with the Financial Planning Department, I enrolled in the Electronics Technology program–and I’m glad I did. From day one to my graduation I did not regret my decision. Every instructor gave me confidence. I completed each course with the certainty I had the training to make it in the real world of electronics and computers.

Also, I give Hallmark thanks for getting me started in my new career. After graduation, Hallmark hired me for the position of Desktop Support Specialist where I learned more about information technology. I got a job offer with Valero Energy in their level one call center and was promoted to a level two support group that deals with more complex technical issues. After several years, I started work as the IT Manager for Shook Mobile Technology. I would not be in the position I’m in now if it weren’t for my degree and Hallmark College of Technology.

Jack Ishihara

 

Darrell Baker
Associate of Applied Science
Airframe and Powerplant Technology

As a Hallmark graduate about 15 years ago, my life as a certified Aircraft Maintenance Technician has been full of challenge and change. My experience in the aviation industry has allowed me to perform jobs and take on personal responsibilities that, to me, someone would be hard- pressed to duplicate in any other line of work. As a line mechanic, I was privileged to maintain and operate billions of dollars worth of commercial aircraft each month. The pride of seeing the fruits of my labor was enormous each time I watched one of my Boeing -777s, -767s, or -757s gracefully muscle its way into the skies over San Francisco, California. But the discipline, drive, and basic know -how began at Hallmark College of Aeronautics. In an attempt to give back to the industry, I have returned to Hallmark as an instructor. At Hallmark College of Aeronautics, we do a good job of producing aircraft mechanics and giving them what they need to succeed as professionals.

 

Octavio Roque
Associate of Applied Science
Airframe and Powerplant Technology

I have always been interested in Aviation. Growing up, I knew I wanted a career in the aviation industry but I didn’t know were to begin. As head of the household, I had to support my mother and two sisters, so I had to make a career decision soon. Hallmark College of Aeronautics gave me an opportunity to get my education and start my career as quickly as possible. Hallmark helped me get my foot in the door with a great company. Now, as a full-time employee of Cessna Citation, life has improved for me and my family. Now I am going back to college to further my education in Engineering Technology.