Kristen Pitre liked that Nicholls State University was not far from home. The close proximity was a large factor in her decision to pursue a computer information systems degree at the Thibodaux university. Studying business practices in another country was something Pitre didn’t even consider.
However, when the Nicholls College of Business Administration offered the opportunity for her to study abroad in Costa Rica, she didn’t pass it up. Enjoying the diverse culture and learning about foreign business practices during the program have been among Pitre’s most memorable Nicholls experiences.
Pitre, who is currently pursuing an MBA, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in CIS in 2001. Upon graduation, she accepted an internal system analyst position for RPC Inc., an oil and gas services company in Houma. Pitre was promoted to technical analyst and became responsible for the maintenance and security of certain software.
In March 2006, Pitre became the software analyst and security administrator at Allis Chalmers, another oil and gas services company in Houma. There, Pitre implements, maintains and supports the company’s software and develops and ensures security in the systems.
“Your degree helps you get the job but not necessarily the high-paying job at first,” Pitre advises current students. “However, in time it will definitely be worth it.”
Kristen will be teaching an OIS 200 class in the Fall 2015 semester as an Adjunct Instructor.