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DCC IT Wins Innovation in Education, Outreach Award

Danville Community College’s Information Systems Technology program was honored with the 2013 Innovation in Education and Outreach Award by the Southern Piedmont Technology Council. Accepting the award on behalf of the college are: (seated) Steve Carrigan, Associate Professor of Information Systems Technology, holding the award; (standing, left to right): Dr. Chris Ezell, Vice President Academic and Student Services; DCC President Dr. Carlyle Ramsey; Charles Adams, Professor of Information Systems Technology; John Heinrich, Associate Professor of Electrical/Electronics Technology; Jeff Arnold, Vice President for Workforce Services; Tommy Cannon, Interim Dean, Business and Engineering Technology Division; and Cassandra Satterfield, Associate Professor of Information Systems Technology.

DANVILLE, VA, March 13, 2013 – Danville Community College’s Information Systems Technology (IST) program was honored recently with the 2013 Innovation in Education and Outreach Award by the Southern Piedmont Technology Council. The award recognizes the department’s innovative uses of technology to promote and enhance educational opportunities and outreach.

The DCC Information Systems Technology Program focuses on three specializations: Computer Programming, PC Technology and Networking. These specializations are led by dedicated staff who consistently put their students first and work hard to increase students’ learning opportunities. The faculty are also modifying the curricula to reflect the rapidly changing technology world.

Charlie Adams, Professor of Information Systems Technology, has been teaching at DCC for 24 years. He leads the PC technology specialization, providing courses in computer software and systems applications. Adams has expanded the PC technology track to offer a more diverse selection of IT courses and give students a strong skill-base in problem solving. Adams also offers advanced courses in Oracle PL/SQL to support the PC Technology and Programming Degrees.

Cassandra Satterfield, Associate Professor of Information Systems Technology, leads the computer programming specialization. In her 12 years at the college, she has evolved from teaching only one language per semester to offering languages, including VB, C++, Java, and C# over several semesters. She recently developed a new Gaming and Mobile Application Development Specialization which is increasing in popularity. She teaches students how to design, create and maintain programs related to gaming, simulation and mobile applications. Her students learn various languages and programming environments for the latest handheld devices including Google Android, Apple iOS, and Windows Mobile development. Her work allows area students to be prepared for the latest emerging technology positions.

With 15 years of teaching experience at DCC, Steve Carrigan, Associate Professor of Information Systems Technology, continuously improves the Networking Specialization. His courses provide an emphasis on designing, creating, and maintaining local and wide area networks, including routers, switches, wireless technologies, and voice-over-IP telecommunications. He began teaching a modest selection of classes and has expanded his offerings to include advanced courses in Cisco CCNA, CCNP, CVoice, Security, VMware, Linux, Cloud Technologies, and Microsoft Operating systems. Carrigan has repeatedly sacrificed his time during college breaks to revamp the labs and equipment. The Networking Associate of Applied Science Degree program now boasts one of the best equipped networking labs in the region, providing the most comprehensive training available.

The faculty’s dedication has led to improvements and enhanced the educational opportunities at DCC. The instructors are constantly looking for feedback from business leaders to adjust their curriculum. Under the direction of the IST advisory committee the DCC IST department has met all set recommendations from the business community. DCC is now a Microsoft, Cisco, and VMWare Academy. With the setup of the DCC Certification Testing Center, students have the opportunity to obtain industry certification on-site. Training in voice technologies, including Cisco Call Manager and Unity, cloud computing, and virtualization have been added to the curriculum. The department has worked hard to gain all necessary equipment to support the newly-added applications.

The DCC IST faculty recently blended Linux operating system training into the already established Microsoft courses and added SQL courses. Thanks to the dedication of the IT faculty, Danville Community College is preparing its students for positions in the ever-changing technology field. For more information about the Information Systems Technology program, contact the Division of Business and Engineering Technology at 434.797.8474, or click here.


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