Zach Rossmiller came to Missoula College to become an expert in information technology and network management. He never dreamed he’d one day return to pass that expertise on.
“It was one of the most fulfilling experiences in my professional career,” Rossmiller said of teaching his first classes in the fall of 2015.
Rossmiller juggled his early studies at the College with raising his first son. He was inspired by the work of his professors, especially Cybersecurity Program Director Dianne Burke.
“She had a career that made me go, ‘You know what, that’s something I would love to do once I graduate,’” Rossmiller said of Burke.
Rossmiller also learned the art of networking with people. In a required public speaking class, he got comfortable addressing crowds. In the hallways of Missoula College, he made friendships that lasted long after he finished his studies.
And in the dean’s office, he forged a relationship with Associate Dean Penny Jakes, who later paved the way for Rossmiller to come back to help students in the Information Technology program. Creating and maintaining connections with professors and classmates is something Rossmiller can’t stress enough.
“Stop in and talk to a professor every now and then,” he said. “It has opened a lot of doors for me.”
After graduation, Rossmiller was hired as a systems administrator for UM’s IT department. Relying on skills and concepts he developed at Missoula College, he now manages Windows servers for several departments on campus and is responsible for the enterprise storage on campus.
“It has been an extremely rewarding job and I couldn’t be happier,” he said.
Rossmiller has also followed up on his early studies, pursuing first a BS in Management Information Systems at UM’s School of Business Administration. He’ll finish up a Masters of Business Administration this May.