Greetings! I am Mark Bianchi and I joined GRACE on June 1st, 2016. I am working on the IT team as a Computer Science teacher along with learning and supporting the IT infrastructure. Coming from many years in the secular workforce I am joyful that God has brought me here to the GRACE Christian Family.
I was born in Schenectady, New York and raised in a small town called Rotterdam, New York. After attending Hudson Valley Community College, in Troy, New York, where my two year degree in electrical technology was completed, a position was offered to me at IBM Poughkeepsie, New York as a test technician. A few years later I went back to school part time. Marist College in Poughkeepsie was close to work for me and it was there I attained a bachelor’s degree in computer science.
After a few years at IBM Poughkeepsie I transferred to IBM East Fishkill, New York, because a project I was working on for Bausch and Lomb Corporation was transferred there. When the project was completed I moved over as a software engineer to IBM’s semi-conductor fabrication plant. In 2004 I transferred to IBM RTP as a test automation team lead. The team I was responsible for handled the test automation for IBM’s System X servers.
During my time in New York I was involved in youth ministries as my two boys grew up. My wife Sissy and I worked in the youth ministries at Clove Valley Christian and Missionary Alliance Church and Fishkill Baptist Church. Our two boys are now attending college. One is at UNC Chapel Hill and the other graduated from Wake Technical Community College, May 2016, and plans to attend East Carolina University in Fall 2017.
In 2010 I signed up for IBM’s Transition To Teaching program which meant I was to leave IBM after three years due to a stipend they were offering. I enrolled in the NCTEACH program offered by NC State and completed all the course requirements to teach middle school math.
In January 2014 IBM announced the sale of System X group to Lenovo Corporation and October 1st 2014 was day one at Lenovo. Due to the this transition I missed the opportunity to take the Praxis exam. I was then told by the NCTEACH director at NC State that I had timed out in the NCTEACH program.
In December 2014 employees in my category were offered to leave Lenovo Corporation with a package so through prayer I took the package and God has brought me here to GRACE.
Attending Colonial Baptist Church in Cary, N.C. has been a pleasure for our family. I was involved with the youth ministries at Colonial throughout the years my boys grew up and graduated.
My goal is to share all that I have gained from working in the computer industry to the students here at GRACE and to work along side the staff here at GRACE.
1 Samuel 12:24 NIV But be sure to fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.