COM computer programming instructor is a recent graduate himself

At 25, Philip Devoll has an impressive credential to place on his professional resume: college instructor.

He began taking Computer Science classes at College of the Mainland in 2015 and excelled in his studies so much that the faculty asked him to help teach the class. He has been teaching two classes each of the past two semesters.

“I can’t tell you when I knew I wanted to enter this field,” says the Sante Fe High School alum, “but I enjoyed my classes from the start. I love problem solving. Computer programming is a lot like solving a puzzle. I like the detailed and intricate problem-solving aspects of programming.”

He credits the faculty at COM for fueling desire to learn programming.

“The classes are hands-on and small. You not only learn the logic behind programming, but you also learn how to use specific programming languages.”

“It helps that the instructors are here to help you. You can’t get that in a large computer class!”

Philip was urged by his teachers to participate in NASA Community College Aerospace Scholar program.

He was accepted, took a class online and wrote an essay. NASA then selected 40 students to a four-day intense camp at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. There he was teamed with nine other students and competed against other teams to build a miniature space rover and tour the Space center.

The competition is open to all community college, university, and high school students who are pursuing an education in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields.

His team didn’t win, but Philip realized that he could produce quality work under stress.

That confidence will serve him well as he steps toward a career in Cyber Security.

In addition to teaching at COM this fall, Philip will continue toward a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. His ambition is to work at good company doing something he enjoys while always watching to see if there’s a “niche” he can fill with his computer programming “toolbox” of skills.

“I might start a company of my own someday. Don’t be surprised.”