Third year student Anthony Vella on fast track to success reflects on previous co-op rotations as he prepares for his fourth.
By: Michelle Mondillo
With three co-ops completed, a fourth lined up this summer, and an independent contracting business in full swing, Anthony Vella has secured a spot on the fast track for success. Vella, a third year Information Technology major in the Software Development track, is part of the IT + Accelerated program, where he will complete both his Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Master of Business Administration in five years. The School of Information Technology (SoIT) and the co-op program have provided him with the tools necessary to thrive in the professional workplace. Vella claims his multiple rounds of co-op have confirmed what he has known since he was nine: an intrigue for computer functionality and design that would land him a professional place in the world of IT.
For his first three co-op rotations, Vella flew cross-country to Mountain View, California, headquarters of Intuit (TurboTax). In the summer of 2014 and fall of 2015 he worked on the Payroll Mobile team as a full-time developer. Spring 2015 he moved over to the GoPayment team, which he considers to be his most influential rotation yet. His team was responsible for completely re-designing the GoPayment iOS app which is used by millions of customers each day. “Being able to work with cutting-edge technology assisted by my teammates was the highlight of my experience because it empowered the entire team to learn together, which I believe sprouted fantastic results.”