NACTEL Student Stories

Tony Visciglia has truly made a career for himself at Verizon, working for the company for two decades, as well as working as a contract worker for Verizon prior to becoming a full-time employee.  He currently holds the title of Firewall Manager, installing and monitoring firewalls and intrusion protection systems that safeguard Verizon customer data.

Tony recently earned his master’s degree in Information Technology – Security and Information Assurance from Pace University in May of 2014.  He credits his recent career progression to his pursuit of continuing education.  “Without the master’s degree, I wouldn’t have qualified for the position on the security and firewall team,” Tony stated.  He also added, “On a daily basis, I’m using what I learned from Pace in my position.”

Pursuing continuing education online is not new territory for Tony.  In fact, both his associate’s and bachelor’s degree also came from the NACTEL-sponsored online programs through Pace University.  Tony originally decided to pursue a degree to ensure he had the knowledge needed to keep up with the rapidly changing pace of technology, but also for the opportunity to advance his career.  “I started to see jobs I would be qualified for, and could do, but I didn’t have the background in education to even apply, so I knew I had to do something about that.”

The online programs were exactly what Tony needed:  “A conventional ‘sitting in class’ program, especially after a long day and a long commute, would not have fit my schedule or my lifestyle.”  Although Tony was skeptical about online classes at first, he quickly realized the caliber of the program.  “The classes were fantastic,” Tony noted, adding, “I’m such a big fan of the NACTEL program – earning my degree is something I wanted to do, and this program enabled me to do it” 

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