“Recruiting the Montgomery Community’s Future IT Leaders”
On February 1st, the chapter partnered with local IT Academy Advisory Council and Alabama State University in hosting Camp IT, an educational recruiting event geared toward attracting incoming high school students to pursue career paths related to IT and engineering. Over 250 students from local middle schools attended the event and participated in interactive “mini-camp” sessions specializing in computer-based training software, PC assembly, web design, robotics, cloud computing, and cybersecurity. The day kicked off with a brief presentation from Education Foundation Director, Charisse Stokes, and Montgomery AFCEA Chapter President, Dr. Joe Besselman highlighting the benefits of pursuing a career in IT and Engineering. Also speaking to students were local Lee High School IT Academy instructors Alesia Ruffin and Kevon Chesson; and Mark Peterson, author of “Guerrillapreneur”. The Montgomery AFCEA Chapter was proud to sponsor the event by providing custom t-shirts for each student, as well as the donation of 2 iPods for a raffle event. The chapter looks forward to continuing efforts educating local River Region youth on the benefits of IT careers and remains dedicated to providing career-enhancing opportunities available to these hard-working students.
Fig.1- Local Montgomery students watch a robotics demonstration during a Robotics Mini-Camp session.
Fig.2- Students attempt to maneuver a robot to pick up blocks after watching a demonstration performed during a Robotics Mini-Camp session.
Fig.3- Students crowd around a disassembled computer during a hands-on PC assembly workshop.
Fig.4- Ahmad Austin, Montgomery AFCEA Member, conducts a Mini-Camp session by presenting an overview on Cybersecurity and its increasingly prevalent role in society today.
Fig.5- An ASU instructor engages students while discussing the agenda of activities. Station activities included a hands-on robot control station and live robot assembly station.