AFCEA International Chapter News
MONTGOMERY CHAPTER CHAPTER - Feb 13, 2015

Chapter Co-Hosts Camp IT for Local Students

In February, the chapter partnered with Alabama State University (ASU), the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, the Alabama Department of Transportation, Montgomery Public Schools and the IT Advisory Council for Robert E. Lee High School's IT Academy program to conduct the annual Camp IT student-recruiting event at ASU, Montgomery, Alabama. Camp IT is a hands-on, interactive half-day event designed to educate rising high school freshmen about the exciting and vast array of career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to motivate them to kick-start their career planning at an early age by attending the IT Academy. The event opened with presentations by Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, president, ASU; Maj. Charlie Grover, USAF; Kevon Chesson and Christopher Royal, IT Academy teachers; and an interactive Google Hangout session from Google headquarters in California with Tom Wojszynski, senior manager, Google Cloud Platform Team. Charisse Stokes, director of the chapter's Education Foundation, conducted an informative presentation alongside Dr. Joe Besselman, president, Disruptive Technologies. They gave students compelling facts about the importance of and demand for STEM across limitless career fields along with helpful tips related to pursuing a career in STEM. Following the opening presentations, 250 eighth-grade students from the River Region participated in mini-sessions designed to further interest in a STEM-based career: computer gaming; PC repair; Web page design; robotics; programming languages CSS, HTML and Scratch; Prezi; and Google Maps. Local airmen from the Application Software Assurance Center of Excellence at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base hosted a hackathon to round out the events. The chapter proudly supports this annual event and provided funding for participants' T-shirts along with three second-generation iPad tablets and 12 iTunes gift cards, which were part of a raffle. The chapter looks forward to continuing to support the IT Academy and watching enrollment grow as motivated students pursue their goals of attaining STEM-driven careers. Currently, the IT Academy enrolls an impressive 70 students. The program is a prime opportunity for motivated, hard-working students to fast-track their education in STEM/information technology by taking courses in hardware and software and training/testing to earn professional certifications (Security+, Network+ and MTA). The IT Academy has recently been recognized as an official National Academy Foundation member.

Event Photographs:

An airman from Gunter Annex volunteers at Camp IT in February, assisting a student during a hackathon session.
An airman from Gunter Annex volunteers at Camp IT in February, assisting a student during a hackathon session.
Students enjoy working together during a robotics mini-session at Camp IT in February.
Students enjoy working together during a robotics mini-session at Camp IT in February.
Students get hands-on interaction with computers during a mini-session on PC assembly at Camp IT in February.
Students get hands-on interaction with computers during a mini-session on PC assembly at Camp IT in February.

For more details regarding this event contact:
Taylor Gardiner
334-314-6763

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