Meet Jonathan Rhodes

Jonathan is a US Army Veteran who was forced to put his degree in Computer Science on hold for a semester to recover from a motorcycle accident. Prior to his accident, Jonathan worked as a server and attended college as a full time student, dedicated to working towards a Masters or Doctorate degree in Computer Science with the ultimate goal of owning his own IT security consulting firm.

In Jonathan’s words…

“I was skeptical at first, but my college professor had been emphasizing the importance of IT certifications in addition to a formal education. I am so glad I checked LeaderQuest out! I am loving my new job and am excited about the future.”


– May 22

Jonathan is unemployed and working on recovering from a very serious motorcycle accident.

Jumpstart Meeting

– May 23

Jonathan meets with Tim Kalil at LeaderQuest to discuss his career goals and a certification training program that will jumpstart his IT career. Jonathan decides the Computer User Support Specialist program that includes CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+, is the best starting point to gain the job-ready skills required for an IT job role.

Leveraging Resources

– May / July

Jonathan works with the Texas Workforce Commission to leverage funding from the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) to take advantage of IT training and certification programs.

Funding Approval, Training Begins!

– July

Jonathan receives approval for his WIA grant and begins the Computer User Support Specialist training program.

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More Power through Partners

– August 2

LeaderQuest’s Premier Employment Placement Partner, IMS, sends CEO to visit the LeaderQuest campus to discuss open job positions with students.

Certification Success

– August 6

Jonathan passes his A+ exams and achieves CompTIA A+ certification.

Job Interview

– August 13

Jonathan is interviewed for at IMS for one of the open positions on the IT support team that the CEO had been in to present earlier in the month.

Job Offer

– August 21

Jonathan is offered a position doing IT support at IMS and he accepts.


– August 25

Jonathan started his new position at IMS.

Current Update

Jonathan is working, studying and preparing to take the certification exams for Network+ and Security+.
The additional certifications will automatically earn him a raise of $4,000 per year with IMS.