From living out of his car to climbing the corporate ladder at Ebay, Brian Savage directly credits RACC for changing his life. “RACC played a big part in turning my life around,” says Brian.
Brian dropped out of high school his senior year to pursue employment and later turned to RACC to obtain his GED. While working toward his Associate Degree in Liberal Arts, Brian admits that he was going through a difficult time in his life. “I literally lived out of my car for almost two years. Alone. No family. No anything.”
Brian says that he embedded himself into RACC; taking advantage of not only the education he was receiving but also getting involved in the school and being a part of the work-study program. During this time, Brain learned a lot about himself through the great relationships he made with professors and staff. Ben Rosenberger and Roger Kimpland are among the many RACC employees that helped influence his future. “They believed in me, embraced me and encouraged me.”
After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science at Albright College, Brian started his own website design business. But it was after the cessation of his business that Brian’s career really took off. “I have been very fortunate to have had an exciting career in which I’ve had the honor to lead teams from around the world in website and application projects for organizations such as Ebay, Hasbro, Godiva, Sony, Dicks Sporting Goods, Toys-R-Us, Ferrari, and many more.”
Brian’s resume continued to grow with new opportunities and advancements, when ultimately his life hit a crossroad. Brian was offered an employment opportunity to move to Seattle and work with Amazon, but once again RACC would turn his life in a different direction. Brian, now married and father of two, was also given the opportunity to come back to RACC to teach and lead the website development program. And for Brian the decision was simple, RACC! “It was the combination of having the opportunity to be with my children on a daily basis and doing something that has real meaning in my life that brought be back to RACC.”
As the Website Development Program Coordinator and Associate Professor at RACC, Brian challenges his students to not only learn technology but to also take a hard look inside themselves to see who they really are and realize their hidden potential. He wants to give them the same motivation he was given when he was student. “I will now spend the remaining years of my career fostering success in students by encouraging them to pursue a greater quality of life and a satisfaction of self-worth.”