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Blue Ridge CTC Hosts Virtual Tech Week with Keynote Speaker Joshua Spence, Chief Technology Officer for the State of West Virginia

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Blue Ridge CTC Hosts Virtual Tech Week with Keynote Speaker Joshua Spence, Chief Technology Officer for the State of West Virginia 

Martinsburg, WV. Blue Ridge Community and Technical College (BRCTC) held a Virtual Tech Week for students and community members. Speakers included:

  • Joshua Spence, West Virginia Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
  • Andrew Gordon, Blue Ridge CTC Adjunct, Network Engineer: Ace Info Solutions
  • Carrie Lane, IT Recruiter: Tek Systems
  • Moises Cardenas, Owner: Social Connection Marketing
  • Jennifer Rowan, Director of Technology Jefferson County Schools
  • Alex McCurn, Manager of Recruiting: GDC IT Solutions
  • Amber Butcher, Director of Workforce Development Internships: BRCTC
  • Ace Info Solutions Panel

The event focused on what students should expect in the recruiting and interview process for computer technology careers. Speakers guided students through application processes and highlighted the Blue Ridge CTC resources available to help them prepare for their job search. Discussions also included required skills, specializations and industry insight.

“Tech Week offers a fantastic lineup of speakers and topics to give our students the opportunity to hear inside tips on how to successfully interview and find a job in the technology field,” said Michele Morrison, Associate Dean of Information Technology and Mathematics.

Josh Spence spoke to attendees about industry trends, specifically focusing on what graduates need to know to work in the information technology industry. Spence was appointed CTO in 2018 and had previously served as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for West Virginia from 2015 to 2018. During his time as CTO, West Virginia has implemented a new cybersecurity strategy that has enhanced capabilities in all four strategic initiative areas: risk, outreach, protection, and operations.

“This was an exceptional opportunity for Blue Ridge students to hear Joshua Spence speak about technology and cybersecurity in West Virginia. Spence explained industry trends and skills our graduates need to succeed in the world of information technology and cybersecurity,” said Kay Ogilvie, the College’s Cybersecurity Program Coordinator.

Computer technology programs at Blue Ridge CTC are offered online and in person. Blue Ridge CTC offers degrees in Cybersecurity, Software Development Engineering, Computer Network Engineering Technologies, Digital Media Specialist, Database Management, Information Technology, and Applied Technology.

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College offers more than 60 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as workforce development training.  Blue Ridge Community and Technical College is conveniently located on Route 45 West past the Commons Center, at 13650 Apple Harvest Drive. For more information on Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, please call 304-260-4380 or visit our website at www.BlueRidgeCTC.edu.

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