By Rachel Lyons / Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 4
Justice Theater, Shears Technology Center
Free to all HutchCC students
On Wednesday, Hutchinson Community College will host its Second Annual Computer Connections. This event, featuring Chad Kropf and Holly Duskin (Data Center Inc), Scott Hobbs (Hutchinson Regional Medical Center), Glen Acheson (Hutchinson Community College), Brian Yocam and Kris Sauer (Intrust Bank) as keynote speakers, aims to allow students to hear from local computer specialists about the field. Acheson, Assistant Director of Information Technology Services – Systems at Hutch CC, said “A business needs all kinds of people” because of a lack of information about computer-related fields.
“Naturally, there are thousands of jobs that go unfilled in (the) technology (industry), starting salaries in the field are high as a result,” Acheson said.
An associate degree in Networking, with additional Cisco Certifications, is marketable outside of the Hutchinson and Wichita metropolitan areas.
However, the recipient must be willing to commit to continuing education about new programs and industry standards as they arise. Earning an associate helps students develop the fundamentals, and the mindset necessary to succeed in the workforce for years.
Following the four presentations, students will have about 30 minutes to network with the professionals and among themselves.
Matt Magee, HutchCC computer science associate professor, said the companies represented at this event have hired HutchCC graduates from the Computer Support Specialist, Web Development, Networking, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, or Management Information Systems. Companies have also hired grads with a CompTIA A+, CompTIA Net+, CompTIA Security+, Cisco CCNA, CCNP, CompTIA Linux+, or CompTIA Server+ certifications.
This event is free to all HutchCC students and will be held from 10:20 a.m. to 11:30 AM in Shears Technology Center Justice Theatre, with presenters available until noon for questions. Jillene Cunningham, Matt Magee, and Jackie Long have organized this event, and additional can be obtained by emailing email@example.com.