Shelby Detro

Shelby Detro standing next to a computer
Computer Information Systems

In her major, Shelby is getting plenty of hands-on, real-world experience.

Ever since she was a child, Shelby Detro has been interested in technology.

Whenever the Xbox or the computer at home needed fixing, she was the one to do it. It is only fitting, then, that she enrolled in Alfred State’s computer information systems program, where she is learning to become the “resident expert” not only at home, but on the job, as well.

In her major, Shelby is getting plenty of hands-on, real-world experience learning how to administer a computer networking system, install software, establish security, and more.

“I really am more of a hands-on learner. We can talk about how packets are sent through Ethernet cables, but to actually discover, ‘Hey, if I plug the cable into here and to here, I get a connection,’ it really helps you to understand what’s going on.”

Shelby’s applied learning experiences go beyond the classroom, too, through her internship and being on the Alfred State Information Security Team (ASIST), which has competed in and hosted multiple information security competitions.

“I feel like Alfred State has made me more confident. I know what I’m doing, and I’m proud to say that and to be able to help other people.”