Durham Tech students and faculty attend statewide IT conferences, scholarships awarded

(L to R) Tom Murphy, Charlene West, Chuck Lucas, Michele Parrish, Harry Bulbrook, Don Sommerfeldt

Seven Durham Tech Information Technology (IT) faculty and staff participated in the North Carolina Computer Instruction Association (NCCIA) annual conference in Greenville, NC, at East Carolina University (ECU), March 6-8. The event was attended by 183 IT instructors,guests, and volunteers from 37 of the 58 NC Community Colleges. The conference provides professional development, certification testing, student and faculty scholarships, and networking opportunities for IT instructors to share their perspectives and experiences with one another.

Durham Tech IT students, Charles “Chuck” Lucas and Maxfield Carpenter, were selected as recipients of $500 scholarships by the NCCIA and are listed in the conference scholarship program. Lucas and Carpenter were nominated by Michele Parrish, who spoke to their accolades at the scholarship presentation.

Participating faculty included Harry Bulbrook, Leon Holloway, Tom Murphy, Scott Neal, Michele Parrish, Don Sommerfeldt, and Charlene West. Tom Murphy and Harry Bulbrook were instrumental in the planning and coordination of the conference as members of the NCCIA Leadership Team and as past presidents of the association. Bulbrook and Parrish attended a Cisco Instructor Training Conference facilitated by Stanly Community College’s Cisco Instructor Training Center at ECU in Greenville, NC on March 5. Bulbrook achieved the Cisco CyberOps certification by completing the two corresponding Cisco exams. This certification is associated with the SEC160 course.

Max Carpenter and Michele Parrish