CVCC Introduces Technology Careers To High School Students at Technology Fair

Tech Fair 2016-Will Adkins Exhibit ImageCVCC’s Business Technology department recently hosted its second annual High School Technology Fair sponsored by Prodigy Voice and Data, owned by CVCC alumnus Rex Benfield.

Nearly 100 juniors and seniors from Bunker Hill, Alexander Central and Challenger Early College high schools participated in the hands-on event that introduced occupations for which CVCC can prepare them.

CVCC faculty members provided an overview of each of college’s Business Technologies programs. Business Technology alumni shared their journey of earning an associate degree at CVCC and pursuing successful careers. Benfield (Information Systems-‘05), owner of Prodigy Voice and Data based in Hickory, and Ken Sorenson (Information Systems Security-’12), IT project manager with Catawba Valley Medical Center, spoke to the students.

Challenger Early College High School senior Will Adkins showcased the many entrepreneurship activities he has pursued through CVCC’s SkillsUSA chapter, winning state and national championships.

Students and teachers were given the opportunity to visit several exhibits created and hosted by CVCC faculty that gave hands-on experience building computers, creating websites, using information systems security tools and other areas of technology.

CVCC Admissions Representative Sarah McBride highlighted college credit opportunities available to high school students through the Career and College Promise program.

The event concluded with the presentation of a $100 tuition scholarship by the CVCC Foundation, Inc., to three student guests.

The Tech Fair was coordinated by Rick Barnes, Information Systems Security & Networking Director; with the assistance of Angie Speagle, Web Technologies faculty member; Fred Richards, Programming faculty member; Shaun Sides, Networking faculty member; D.L. Turbyfill, Computer Information Technology faculty member; Terry Holleman, Database and Computer Information faculty member; and Selena Maxie, administrative assistant for the Business Technology Department. Computer Information Systems Security Club co-advisor Brittanie Begley, and members Joe Little, Andrew Lorch, Chris Goode, and Levaughn Elder also assisted in coordinating the event.

Computer Information Systems Security Club members Brittanie Begley, Joe Little and Levaughn Elder assisted in coordinating the event.

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Catawba Valley Community College and Challenger Early College High School student Will Adkins (right) explained to high school students who attended CVCC’s Tech Fair the many entrepreneurship activities he has pursued through CVCC’s SkillsUSA chapter, winning state and national championships.

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