Achieving Dreams: From Video Gamer to Computer Technician
Justin Fasnacht has always excelled at harnessing the power of technology. Whether using it for his leisure, winning video games as a child or remotely fixing complex computer issues, where some might struggle, Justin shines.
As a student at Palmyra High School in Palmyra, Pa., Justin began pursuing his professional interest in technology by taking computer programming classes. He then continued his exploration, looking for “vocational themes” with QUEST, Inc., a vocational employment agency. While identifying his ideal conditions of employment, all roads led to computer technology, particularly in a small business setting.
“Working with technology comes easily to me,” Justin shared. “It gives me purpose too.”
This idea of purpose and being valued in a professional technology setting was always a goal for Justin, but he wasn’t sure when his dreams might be realized.
While in elementary school, Justin was diagnosed with high-functioning autism. He admitted that some people might not understand his disability, and therefore is very thankful for his current employer and the opportunity he’s been given.
Working with QUEST, Inc., Justin began informational interviews with Robert Yeagley of Eagle Secure Solutions, a small business focused on technology in Lebanon. Robert worked with Justin to identify his skill set and aptitude. He very quickly discovered Justin’s passion and dedication, and soon offered him a position.
“Justin is a very hardworking employee who doesn’t stop until a project is complete. His loyalty to the team is outstanding, and it is very gratifying to see how much he enjoys his work,” said Robert.
Today, Justin works as a computer technician for Eagle Secure Solutions working on projects such as installing new software; backing up information for local businesses; identifying and resolving system issues; and working with Robert to remotely fix issues in other locations.
What’s Justin’s favorite part of his job? “I really like being able to fix what’s wrong,” he shared.
Beyond the technical side of his position, Robert also recognized Justin’s abilities in marketing and promotions. Not long after being hired, the two hosted a networking event with the local Chamber of Commerce, and in early May they exhibited at the 13th Annual Employment Symposium in Philadelphia in an effort to promote employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
“I like getting a paycheck,” Justin admitted, “but money isn’t everything. I have the chance to do something that others might not think I’d be able to do. I enjoy being able to help people in my job.”
The benefits for Eagle Secure Solutions have been wide reaching as well.
“From my experience, the downturn in the economy has hurt employment opportunities for everyone, but especially for people with disabilities,” shared Robert. “Many people with disabilities just want a chance to work. Because of this strong desire, they are as hardworking if not more hardworking than others, loyal and willing to do whatever it takes to reach the end goal of your business.”
As Justin continues to grow in his position with Eagle Secure Solutions, he’d also like to put his creativity to work by developing software and programming.
Always a dedicated employee, Justin concluded by saying, “I want to help people in any way that I can.”
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