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Brian McKenna

Certificate in Programming


Hailing from Dundalk, Brian McKenna, was fascinated by computers from an early age.

“I would spend hours a day playing games and surfing the web.”

An encounter with a web development company through his full-time role was the catalyst for Brian looking into studying a part-time course in programming.

“I use computers every day at work using Photoshop to create projects such as magazine catalogues and website banners and about two years ago I had the opportunity to liaise back and forth with a web development company planning out a new website for my workplace."

"I found it very interesting talking to them about the possibilities of our ideas being put on to the final website and thought to myself why don't I start learning about web development, it seems very interesting. Researching more and more about programming made me want to take the next step to attend a course that would get me started on my journey.”

Brian chose the part-time Certificate in Programming at DkIT because it offered the best solution for his needs.

“I chose to study at DKIT because they had a level 7 part-time course which would be the perfect stepping stone for myself as a mature student to get back into 3rd level education."

"I also found it handy that the course is held in the evenings as I work full-time and it was also a bonus that I only have to travel 5 minutes to the campus in Dundalk.”

“All my lecturers, including Philip Scanlon (Web Development & Databases), Andrez Bujok (Javascript) and Andrew Shaw (Java), were excellent and a great help to my studies. They were always there to walk me through any problems I had. The amount of content that we covered means that I am now confident in creating intermediate websites and look forward to learning more to improve my skills.”

And when asked about his advice to future students, Brian commented:

“This is a perfect stepping stone if you want to get into the world of programming.”

Eager to continue his studies, Brian plans to return to DkIT to study the BSc (Hons) in Computing, setting his sights high with ambitions to have his own business or work for a leading tech company in the future.


Please see the below course links for more information:

Certificate in Programming