Faculty, Students Attend Statewide IT Conference

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Top left photo, left to right: John Krivich, Michele Parrish, and Harry Bulbrook

Top right photo, left to right: Ann Roy, Michele Parrish, David Simpson

Lower left photo, left to right: Tom Murphy, Don Sommerfeldt, Michele Parrish, and Harry Bulbrook get their Mardi Gras on at the NCCIA conference


Durham Tech faculty members Harry Bulbrook, Tom Murphy, Michele Parrish, and Don Sommerfeldt attended the 2015 North Carolina Computer Instruction Association (NCCIA) conference at Forsyth Technical Community College March 31 – April 2. The conference featured workshops presented by faculty and textbook authors about new technology, how to use technology in the classroom, and many opportunities to network with other NC community college faculty. Three students from Durham Tech received scholarships at the conference.

John Krivich was awarded the NCCIA leadership team scholarship. In his application he said, “If I am awarded a scholarship, the primary way in which it will impact my plans for the future is by allowing me the time and money to pursue additional certifications in my field of study. It will afford me the option of accepting fewer hours of overtime at work, which will free up time to study and attend testing sessions. It will also help by paying for testing materials as well as the tests themselves. Feeling less pressure to work as many hours as possible, I will probably see reduced stress levels and feel better as well.”

Ann Roy received the Pearson Publishing scholarship. Ann said, ““A scholarship will allow me to concentrate more on my studies and less on trying to find a job. Even if I get an internship in my field at some point during my time at Durham Tech, a scholarship will help me in a big way to cover school expenses. I would like to continue school full-time so I can get out in the ‘real world’ faster to put the new knowledge I have gotten during my time at the college to good use.”

David Simpson received his scholarship from Murach Publishing. He said that “I recently took my first certification exam, Comptia Security+. These certifications can be costly even with discounted vouchers. I would like to work my way through as many as possible. I have also thought of continuing education beyond my current program of study. I am highly interested in learning more about virtualization and its application for production environments. Relieving financial burden of cost associated with these ventures makes it a much easier decision.”
All three students were nominated by Ms. Parrish. John and David are research assistants working on an NSF grant with Mr. Bulbrook. They helped with a presentation of the project at NCCIA. Mr. Bulbrook serves as NCCIA president and Mr. Murphy is president-elect.