CVCC Introduces High School Juniors and Seniors to Technology Career Opportunities

High School Tech Fair fall '14Catawba Valley Community College’s Business Technology Department recently held a High School Technology and Information Systems Security Fair for Bunker Hill and Maiden High School juniors and seniors to introduce them to career opportunities available in the field of technology.

Information Systems Security faculty member Rick Barnes chaired the event with the support of Catawba County Schools Career and Technical Education (CTE) director Mark Story and CTE coordinator Kim Teague to involve the high school students. 

CVCC Information Systems Security Club members Elaine Weaver, Brittanie Begley, Alexander Rodriguez, Quoc Truong, Sean Wilson, Raine Carraway and Debbie Lawter assisted with the event demonstrating information systems security tools and techniques.

Rita Patel, Division Dean for the Computer Science department at Gwinnett Technical College outside Atlanta, was the keynote speaker. She highlighted tech job possibilities and emphasized the key role CVCC can play in preparing students to enter this rapidly growing market.

Patel has held progressively responsible positions in the technology field, including web developer, technical manager and security engineer for NASA. She has taught at the high school college and university level for a number of years and is an advisor for Gwinnett Tech’s Association of Information Technology Professionals, Women in Technology, Technology Association of Georgia’s Workforce Readiness Project, and Information Security Specialist Association. She holds certifications in CISSP, American Mobile Examiner, CCNA, MCSA, MTA, Security +, Network +, and A+.   

At the tech fair, students and teachers gained hands-on experience building computers, creating websites, information systems security tools and other areas of technology. CVCC’s faculty, staff and students assisted.

Teresa Biggs, executive director of the CVCC Foundation, Inc., gave away a $100 tuition certificate to two of the students attending.

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