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Tyler Schwartz(’17) starts at Mandan tech company

Source:NDliving.com

“We have this amazing IT company right here in Mandan. You don’t have to go outside of the state to find something that’s really progressive,” says Tanya Peluso, a team lead in human resources at NISC.

National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC) is an information technology (IT) company that develops and supports software and hardware solutions for its member-owners who are primarily utility cooperatives and telecommunications companies across the nation.

“The employees of NISC are the most valuable asset that we have. As a technology organization, recruiting and retaining a talented and skilled workforce is always one of our top priorities. We know that the same developers that we are trying to recruit also have offers from some of the biggest technology organizations in the world. The importance of culture in attracting a new workforce has never been more important,” says NISC’s Vice President of Member and Industry Jasper Schneider.

“I love it. I love to come to work every day. It’s new every single day,” says Tyler Schwartz, a software associate in the engineering and operations division.

Originally from Fontana, Calif., Schwartz was recruited through a football scholarship to the University of Jamestown, where in 2017, he earned a degree in information technology.

“They prepared me very well. Since University of Jamestown is a smaller school, I had the one-on-one contact with the professors, so I think that I learned more than at other schools where the classrooms are 300 to 400 kids. I think I had an edge on some of the kids at large schools,” he says.

“Their instructors are very involved,” Peluso adds. “They’ll walk around the career fairs and say, ‘Hey, don’t miss out on that student.’ ”

A well-rounded student is important to NISC, which emphasizes its need for employees who fit the company culture.

NISC discovered Schwartz at a career fair. He applied for several positions at NISC before finding the right fit, and NISC worked with him through the process.

“I found my fit and I love it,” Schwartz says.

NISC also works with advisory committees at colleges to share information to help prepare students for jobs in the state, and she credits colleges for helping their students succeed.

“I can’t say enough about how impactful it is to have their instructors involved. That, to me, is priceless, to have an instructor come and say, ‘These are the students to look for,’ ” Peluso says. “It’s not solely about the resume, it’s also what is not in black and white.”

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Posted:August 25, 2017


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