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Here at the Council for Economic Opportunities, we are always sharing stories of progress and success about our clients, but we have some impressive employees as well! One of those employees who is helping every day to change lives in the Cleveland area is Brandon Steel, a PC Technician who works at our Central Neighborhood Opportunity Center. We caught up with Brandon to ask him about his experiences so far at the Council – check out his Q&A below!

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
A: I was born and raised on the east side of Cleveland. After I graduated from high school, I attended Bowling Green State University.  I studied Visual Communication Technology with a minor in Computer Science.  While in college, I started a web development business and repaired computers to pay for school. I also joined a jazz/gospel band playing piano.

Q: How long have you worked at the Council for Economic Opportunities?
A: I joined the team in April 2016 as Computer Technician of the Digital Connections program.

Q: What are some of your job duties?
A: I have the privilege to connect and network with businesses, agencies and organizations in acquiring computer donations for our Digital Connections program. I also assisted in teaching and creating the curriculum for the Council’s pilot Young Adult MOVERS Program. My coworkers call me the “go-to-guy” around the office as I enjoy helping my fellow teammates with their technical needs. Whether the printer is jammed, or someone is unable to use a piece of software, I’m happy to assist.

Q: What is your favorite thing about what you do?
A: My favorite part of my job is knowing that every task and project I do is a step towards the overall goal of the agency which is transforming lives.  It feels good to know that every day, in some way, I was a part of what our CEO Dr. Jacklyn Chisholm calls “our evolving story.”

Q: What are your future plans?
A: My plans are to continue to grow in my field and help as much as I can throughout the agency.  I also plan to start an IT Consulting firm in the near future. I love the team that I am a part of and the direction that the agency is taking.  At our office, we get to see real stories and experiences and to be a part of this great movement has truly been a blessing.