Meet Our Employees

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 -- Carly Bursik

Meet Don Bliss! Web Developer located at our Minnesota office.

Tell us about yourself!

I’m Minnesotan Born and raised, though I’ve bounced around the southern half of the state quite a bit. I spent many years after high school trying to convince myself that I didn’t want one of my favorite hobbies (computers and technology) to also be my career. Eventually, I caved and went back to school at Inver Hills Community College to give a career in technology a try. It’s worked out pretty well.

How did you hear about Edmentum?

While finishing my degree, I was seeking an internship to expand my experience within the field. After experiencing difficulties finding places that offered internships near the end of a recession, I reached out to Robert Half to see if they might just be able to place me. I interviewed with Plato Learning a couple days later, and started as a helpdesk contractor shortly thereafter. When I finished my contract through Robert Half, Plato Learning hired me on as a systems administrator, a year later I was a systems engineer, and I’ve recently made a change to try my hand in web development.

What interests you about the field that you are in?

The creative part of a web developer’s job is one of the best parts about the gig. Coming up with solutions to solve problems, or better yet, writing code to create new functionality is a fun part of being a programmer.

What are the most enjoyable aspect of your job?

There are so many reasons that I like working for Edmentum. Working for a company that is not afraid to promote from within, and allows its employees so many opportunities is fantastic. Edmentum employees should feel empowered to try something new. As a tech junky, working for a company that embraces change and technology is a big plus. The absolute best part of my job however, is who I work with. The people and culture of Edmentum really make it a great place to work. We get a lot done, and have fun doing it.

What activities are you interested in outside of work?

Well, I have a 2 year old child, so I spend a good portion of my time reading children’s books and making a fool of myself for my child’s amusement. On a rare date night with my wife, we’ll get out to a movie or maybe to a comedy club. Finally, I am a sports buff; I love to play and/or watch just about any sport.

What are your professional goals?

To research, create, implement, and support programs that make Edmentum even better.

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