Catawba Valley Community College recently recognized the contributions of alumnus Rex Benfield, principal of Hickory-based Prodigy Voice and Data.
Prodigy recently donated VOIP (voice over internet protocol) lab equipment to the college. The equipment will be used in the new VOIP class that is slated to start in the 2017 school year. Part of the Network Management curriculum, this course introduces students to analog phone systems and VOIP networks. Students get hands-on experience with configuring, maintaining, and troubleshooting VOIP networks.
A 2005 graduate of CVCC’s Information Systems associate degree program, Benfield has built a successful career in the IT field. He worked for various companies as an IT consultant or in management prior to becoming president and CEO of Prodigy Voice & Data three years ago. He holds industry certifications in Microsoft, CompTIA, Cisco and VMware. He is currently enrolled at Laurel University pursuing a business degree in strategic management.
Prodigy also underwrote costs to hold the Business Technology Department’s High School Technology Fair and Reverse Job Fair.
Nearly 100 juniors and seniors from Bunker Hill, Alexander Central and Challenger Early College high schools participated in the hands-on event that introduced IT occupations for which CVCC can prepare them.
The college’s fourth annual Reverse Job Fair is a mechanism for graduating Information Security Systems students to demonstrate their skills and abilities in front of IT professionals from the area. Students show their skills in ways a resume and traditional job interview can’t. Students often receive job offers as a result.