(L) ESP’s Matt Lefler relates the importance of computer science to Career Rodeo attendees.
ESP had the privilege to participate in the Cheney Public School Career Rodeo in Cheney, WA. The purpose of the Rodeo was to encourage K-12 students to explore careers and to raise awareness about the importance of college and career opportunities. Students toured Snowdon Elementary School and visited various businesses that demonstrated career opportunities in fields such as law enforcement, healthcare, and personal finance.
(Second from R) ESP’s Matt Lefler indicates the server to attendees of the Career Rodeo.
ESP’s presentation showed students the available careers in computer science. Careers highlighted were: software developer, system administrator, and IT security. To demonstrate the integration of application programming and information technology we created a local server and two workstations to play the wildly popular video game Minecraft.
[Minecraft] enable players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D procedurally generated world. Other activities in the game include exploration, resource gathering, crafting, and combat. – Wikipedia
A student gets some time on ESP’s Minecraft configuration.
ESP’s swag for the Career Rodeo.
Many students stopped by our classroom to explore the possibility of pursuing a career in computing. Quite a few Minecraft fans made their way to our demonstration too. They were not only interested in getting some playing time but in learning about how important computer science is to building and supporting their favorite video game.
Swag was also part of our participation. We created custom decals promoting computer science based on the game with the slogan “dig deeper with computer science”. We also passed out our smiley face neoprene coasters.
We actually have a few decals left, if you are interested in putting one on these fun stickers on your favorite Pee Chee please drop us and email at firstname.lastname@example.org. More photos are available on our Flickr account.
ESP has a track record of retaining quality employees for long periods, Shelly Rogers is no exception. This March marks her thirteenth year in ESP’s Client Services department.
“What empowers me is when a project is completed and the client is overjoyed with the result.” – Shelly Rogers
Shelly’s duties as a Client Services Specialist include: training Client Services Representatives, running conversions, handling client requests, mapping forms, writing documentation and working with ESP’s Programming department to expedite client requests. Currently she is working on multiple core conversions.
“My goals are to make sure clients have a good experience and good relationship with ESP as a whole. At the end of the day they are happy with choosing us as their core processing partner.” – Shelly Rogers
In the future, Shelly looks forward to continuing to work with clients to provide solutions that will make their credit unions more efficient. She stated “It’s a pleasure knowing that credit unions trust me to get them what they need.”
This month Kyle Wolfley marks his eleventh year at ESP. Currently, Kyle works as Manager of Special Operations where he helps deploy new solutions to ESP clients and works with third-party vendors to bring new solutions to the FORZA3™ core processing platform.
In his role Kyle particularly likes working closely with clients to extend their cutting-edge services to their members.
“Everyday is a new day. I get to provide solutions to credit unions who might not know there is something out there. I also might be able to provide an easy way for them to deploy a new solution to benefit their members.” – Kyle Wolfley
In a former life, Kyle was a credit union teller here in Spokane, WA. At Spokane City Credit Union he did everything from running around and getting mail to dropping off data tapes at their core processor which just happened to be ESP.
Looking back on his tenure at ESP what he enjoys most is developing strong relationships with clients. He has had the opportunity to build bonds with many customers and relishes the time he gets to spend with them in person. Kyle takes immense pride in applying his experience and technical expertise in helping ESP clients.
“The little things can often make someone’s day. Often by showing our clients very simple workflow processes I can help take a bit of stress off of their plate. To be able to provide that is sweet!” – Kyle Wolfley
In the near future, Kyle is looking forward to revealing the new ESP Mobile App to clients. This app has been developed strictly in-house and is built to pass along a truly intuitive member experience. Our mobile banking app will be available soon and expect Kyle to extensively help you its deployment in the future.