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Kent State Computer Career Day 2012

Posted Apr. 20, 2012

 

Salem, Ohio – More than 50 students from the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center visited Kent State University at Salem this semester as part of Computer Technology Career Day.

Program Director Timothy McFadden said the day was created to show students from the career center the various options they had in computer technology field following high school.

“We really wanted to give these students the opportunity to see the various careers they could land with a degree in computer technology,” McFadden said. “Plus, we wanted them to get a feel for the college experience.”

In addition to talking to the students about their future careers, McFadden and other Kent State personal reviewed the more than 25 degrees offered at the local campuses of Kent State University. Financial aid was also reviewed and a campus tour was given.  Following the tour, the students went to three breakout sessions taught by Kent State faculty members.  These sessions included technical support, video editing and how to build a company website using HTML and CSS.

“I feel it was a win-win for both the students and Kent State,” said Assistant Professor Shawn Golden who was one of the presenters. “The students were introduced to a variety of ideas including the importance of education and financial aid, along with computer trouble shooting, web design and video editing.  The students seemed engaged in their sessions and left the experience with a better understanding of the ideas presented to them.  For many of the students, this was their first exposure to a college environment.” 

Bob RemedioVisiting student, senior Patrick Benjamin, said he and his fellow classmates enjoyed the experience.

“Normally, representatives from different colleges come in and talk about their institution,” Benjamin said. “It was nice to get out of our school for a bit and actually go to a university
instead of them coming to us.”

McFadden explained to the students that Kent State has an articulation agreement with the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center that allows qualifying students the chance to earn up to 12 credits, or 4 college classes while still in high school.

“Students who take advantage of this opportunity can really get ahead,” said McFadden.

Because of the articulation agreement and the Computer Technology Career Day, Golden said, “A relationship has been formed between the Kent State University Columbiana County campuses and MCCTC. It will hopefully continue to grow in the coming years.” 

For more information on Kent State’s computer technology degree, which students can earn at either Kent State Salem or Kent State University at East Liverpool, call McFadden at 330-337-4237 (Kent State Salem) or 330-382-7571 (Kent State East Liverpool).

Kent State University’s Columbiana County campuses, which include Kent State East Liverpool and Kent State Salem, offer its students more than 25 local degrees, including 12 bachelor’s degrees. For more information, log on to www.col.kent.edu.

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Photo Caption:
Assistant Professor Bob Remedio explains to students at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center how to build a website during the Computer Technology Career Day at Kent State Salem. 

Media Contact:
Ruth McCullagh, rmcculla@kent.edu, 330-332-4247