Brenley Dueck: Student Success Story

My name is Brenley Dueck, but I'm better known as Brenelz.  I am in fact a graduate of the UWinnipeg PACE program.  The course I had the privilege of taking was the Internet Systems Specialist Diploma or ISSD for short.  I was pretty young when I took the course as I had graduated from high school less than a year before I started the program.

The reason behind choosing to go to school, and in particular ISSD was pretty simple.  I had self-taught myself from a young age, but felt I needed a full-time program to help me concentrate and learn from industry specialists.  Learning online can never fully replicate learning in a classroom with all your peers.  

The next logical step was choosing what school I wanted to go to.  U of M seemed to be the most popular amongst people I knew; but upon researching it further, I didn't see anything focused in web design.  Sure they had a four year computer science degree, but that included a bunch of things I wasn't really interested in.  

That is when I found the ISSD program.  It was an intense 1 year course that allowed me to quickly learn all the skills I needed and then get back into the industry I loved.  ISSD teaches a wide array of skills ranging from using Unix, to designing sites in Photoshop, coding complex e-commerce systems, computer networking, etc...

 Stevi, Gordon and the rest of the staff/instructors over at UWinnipeg PACE were always super helpful to me, and I truly believe there is no other web course out there that keeps up with the ever-changing  industry we are in.  

After taking the ISSD Program at UWinnipeg PACE, I went on to start my own successful web company called Brenelz Web Solutions (brenelz.com).  UWinnipeg PACE was fundamental in giving me the confidence that I could take on a huge responsibility like this.  Being a business owner truly forces you to be a jack-of-all-trades, which no other course could prepare you for.  Managing projects, and presenting to clients become paramount when you run your own business.  ISSD taught me this, as well as a lot more than simply building web pages.

I have since moved on to work at a company called Graphic Intuitions (graphicintuitions.com) which is located in my rural area of Morris, Manitoba.

Program

Web Development Diploma

Year of Graduation

2008

Current Employer

Brenelz Web Solutions

Job Title

Owner/President
Wesley and Buhler Buildings