My name is Dana Holland. I used to be the Director of the Computer
Center at Navarro College. Before that I was Programmer/Analyst,
and before that I was Programmer, and before that I was Junior Programmer,
and before that I was Operator, and.... Well, you get the picture
- I worked there my entire life (almost)!
Now I'm retired, but still open to possibilities.
I had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of computer technology during my career - from the first personal computers, to the huge IBM mainframes, to today's Unix (AIX, Linux) workstations. I've also programmed at least a little in most of the programming languages that were popular throughout this period. I think COBOL was my favorite of all of them.
I've had experience with a variety of databases, from Oracle to MySQL. And I've worked with some of the web technologies, such as HTML(5), CSS, and PHP. For some strange reason, I loved writing Unix shell scripts!
I graduated from Navarro in 1980, and was employed there until October 2013. I had a 6-month job at the Corsicana Police Department, but other than that, Navarro was the only place I worked.
I did consider joining the US Marine Corps when I graduated from high school - but the recruiter wanted me to sign up for 8 years - too long for this 17-year-old!
I'm an alumni of Blooming Grove High School (1976) and the University of Texas at Tyler, where I received a B.S. in Computer Science in 1993, a M.S. in Computer Science in 2004, and was a member of Epsilon Delta Pi. Back in the ancient days, I attended elementary school in DeSoto, Texas.
I'm a member of MENSA (the name of the local chapter is Lonestar MENSA) - but all that really means is that I got lucky on a multiple-choice test! Yep, that's really all it means. I.Q. scores don't mean anything - it's what you do with what you've got that counts...
I was born on September 17, 1958 in Dallas, Texas - which means I'm as old as NASA! :-)
My interests are varied, as demonstrated by my changing of college majors - from music, to art, to computer science, to law enforcement, to geology/astrophysics, and back to computer science. Now that I'm retired, my interests are moving back toward the arts - the interesting thing is that I can now combine the arts with computer technology.
Now my days are occupied working with my biggest hobby - photography. And I still take IT-related courses - because I'll always be a geek.