Scott Glinski knew he was interested in electronics and computers when he graduated from high school. Anxious to get out into the workplace, he enrolled in Mid-State Technical College (MSTC) for a two-year associate degree.
“Technical college gave me the opportunity to jump right into courses in the field of computer electronics. It confirmed my career path and guided me more towards information technology,” he recalled.
After completing the computer electronics degree, Scott remained at MSTC and finished an associate degree in instrumentation. His first job was IT-Field Engineer at School Administrative Software now known as Skyward, Inc., a provider of K-12 administrative software.
“My first day I was given a project. That was a bit of a surprise,” Scott said. However, he had the necessary skills and hit the ground running.
Today, Scott is president of the company and continues a strong relationship with MSTC through providing company sponsored scholarships, hiring graduates and training interns. The company also helps keep the college Information Technology-Programmer/Analyst program current by providing a representative for the program’s Advisory Committee.
“We try to make sure someone from Skyward is on an advisory committee to keep the curriculum up to date and meet the needs of our company as well as other employers in the area,” he explained.
“Internships give students real-life experience in a professional business environment,” Scott said. “It helps them be more comfortable when they enter the workplace.”
With Glinski as president, Skyward has experienced annual double-digit growth, has grown to more than 350 employees, and is now serving more than 1,500 school districts in 17 states and eight countries. The company serves over 80% of Wisconsin’s K-12 school districts and its 98% business retention rate is a standard seldom matched among software product companies.