Getting to know datacenter employees: Jason Kinchelow
Datacenter Employee Spotlight is designed to bring recognition both to DC Techs who went through the Datacenter Academy or support their peers through mentorship and volunteerism. The spotlights also work to illuminate real-life examples of pathways into IT careers and provide potential role models to those looking to access to the digital economy.
Introducing Jason Kinchelow
Employee since 2020
Jason Kinchelow was born in Denver, Colorado, and raised mainly in the San Francisco Bay Area, living there for 30 years before returning to Denver. He was very interested in music, playing saxophone and any other instrument he could get his hands on, and also enjoyed martial arts. Jason also played a lot of video games, which opened up his fascination with technology.
The path to technology
Jason had a strong role model in pursuing a career in technology; his mother pursued her degree in computer information systems when she was in her mid-40s. After eight years as an oilfield worker, Jason decided to go back to school at Laramie County Community College, soon learning about a scholarship available through Microsoft.
Jason received the scholarship, which turned into an internship and ultimately full-time employment at the Cheyenne datacenter. He says, “I call myself the luckiest man because I decided to get into IT. I took some classes, and six months later, I work for Microsoft!”
Jason likes the challenge of keeping up with service level agreements and loves tackling a to-do list. “I keep a handwritten list of sometimes 30 things on it. I really enjoy crossing those things off and at the end of the day, I can see my contribution. It’s measurable.” He knows the importance of meeting and exceeding customer expectations through hard work.
Jason’s biggest recommendation to those considering a career in technology is to just get started and to work hard. He’s looking forward to the opportunity to mentor other folks in the future since he’s been in their shoes.
A day in the life
Each workday is different for Jason. “I will be whatever Microsoft needs me to be. Some days it’s networking tasks. Some days it’s changing a component inside 30 different servers. Every day is something new and I appreciate that.”
Favorite Childhood Food
Jason fondly remembers his mom’s barbecue—the best he’s ever had. Barbecue also meant family gatherings. Now Jason’s using his smoker to hone his own skills.