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Student Spotlight: Blain Smith
Blain Smith has a successful career as a computer engineer and IT systems programmer, including seven years as a programmer at Harvard University but he knew something was missing. “I went to the information session at Empire State and one of the first things that came out of the mouth of the woman who was running the session was, ‘You are an adult, parent, homeowner and professional first. Then you are a student,’” Smith said. “That convinced me I was in the right place.”