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Dylan Hein

Dylan Hein

“I wasn’t even aware that UWFox existed until I was 21. My father mentioned the campus to me as an option for going back to school. ”

Age: 25

Hometown: Green Bay, WI

Current residence: Green Bay

When attended UWFox:Fall 2006 - Summer 2008,
Summer 2009

Background before UWFox:

Attended Green Bay West HS 1999-2001, and Columbus (WI) HS, graduating in 2002

Did you have any interesting jobs while in high school or after high school?

“After graduating from high school, I spent the next four years working for 1st Choice Builders Inc. (De Pere) as a residential framer. During that time I helped construct or remodel over 100 houses, mostly in Green Bay and the Fox Cities. I was the fifth-generation carpenter in my family.  Many of the farms around the Fox Cities farm built by my grandfather’s local (Hilbert) construction company still have the ‘Hein’ name painted on the side their barns.”

Did you do any interesting travel or have any interesting experiences before coming to UWFox?

When I was very young my family and I moved from Kaukauna to California. We eventually settled in the San Francisco Bay Area for several years. In 1989, the Loma Prieta earthquake that measured 7.1 on the Richter scale struck during a World Series game that was being played in Oakland.  My family and I all survived the quake without injury, but several days later my father suffered a severe leg injury working on a house that had some nails shaken loose by the earthquake.  After his year-long rehab period, we moved back to Wisconsin to be closer to family and I’ve lived here ever since.  If it weren’t for that 1989 earthquake, I’d still probably be living in California.”

Why did you choose UW Fox?

“I wasn’t even aware that UWFox existed until I was 21. My father mentioned the campus to me as an option for going back to school.  I had been looking for just the right place to get started again after spending several years in the workforce.  After comparing the tuition costs and teacher-to-student ratio to the four-year universities in the state, I decided to do some more research about the opportunities available at UWFox.  I found that I would be able to continue to live at my current residence, earn an Associate Degree, use the Guaranteed Transfer Option to a four-year university, have my general education requirements met, and have a real opportunity to get involved in extra-curricular activities for significantly less money than starting at a four-year campus. In retrospect, coming to UWFox was probably the best decision I’ve ever made.”

Have you chosen a major?

“I’m a Computer Science major, with a minor in Information Science.”

What are you learning that you find interesting and rewarding at UWFox?

“The greatest things I learned at UWFox aren’t discipline specific.  The most useful thing I learned was how to continue the learning process day after day, independent of a classroom or a professor’s deadline. Additionally, I’ve learned that education is a continuous process that doesn’t end with a degree.  I also learned the techniques and benefits of networking with people within the institution and with professionals in the community. Those techniques and benefits have created lasting friendships and business relationships that have already proved valuable to me and are likely to do the same in the future.  Finally, I learned the differences between the worlds of physical labor and intellectual labor. I found I like the latter much better.”

What are your career plans after UW Fox?

“I’m presently attending UW-Green Bay and working on my Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science.  After graduating from UWGB, I would like to attend graduate school to attain a Master’s Degree in Computer Science or a related field, like Software Engineering.  When my education is complete I plan to begin a career as a software engineer developing and maintaining computer programs. My dream is to work on artificial intelligence systems for robotic applications. I am still considering becoming a network administrator, however, and may enjoy a PC support position as well.”

Other interesting things you’d like to share?      

“While I was a student at UWFox, I worked on the Information Technology (IT) Help Desk for two years (2006-2008), served on the Student Technology Fee Committee (2007-2008), the Instructional and Information Technology Committee (2007-2008), and was a tutor for the Visual Basic and Java programming languages (2007-2008).”

Dylan was the captain of the men’s basketball team (2006-2008), and was named Wisconsin Collegiate Conference (WCC) All-Conference (2006-2007 and 2007-2008), was named the WCC Scholar Athlete Award winner (2008), was also named to the Wisconsin Junior College Athletic Association (WJCAA) All-State Academic Team ((2008). He was voted the WCC All-Star Game MVP (2008), and was recognized as the UWFox Male Athlete of the Year (2008).

At the annual “Association for Computer Machinery International Computer Programming Contest” (ACM ICPC), held at UW-Oshkosh in November 2007, Dylan was a member of the three-person UWFox computer programming student team that took third place out of a total of 17 teams and 56th place out of 213 teams in the region. This was the best finish ever by a UW Colleges team in the history of the event. Most of the competitors from other universities consisted of juniors, seniors, and graduate students. 

My friends and family have always encouraged and supported my dream to go to college and get a degree, even when it seemed impossible. Without them it certainly would have been, and I just want to say thank you for everything.



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