It didn’t take long for Alexis Berens to put her computer technology degree from Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) to work. Alexis landed a position as a Security Analyst for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) after graduation, and credits CCTC for her career success. “I knew that I wanted to work in a more technical field and I chose CCTC specifically because they offered the Cybersecurity Certificate program,” she said.
“I greatly enjoy my job which requires heavy computer use,” Alexis continued. “Knowing that what I’m doing matters is by far the most enjoyable aspect of working in information security.”
While at CCTC, Alexis learned the necessary skills to use state-of-the-art computer systems to solve business and information systems related problems. The computer technology program focuses on problem-solving and decision-making using microcomputers and associated technology. The curriculum includes three distinct concentrations consisting of advanced courses in the areas of programming, web development and networking.
Alexis enjoyed her studies at CCTC and excelled at them. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in May of 2019 with a Computer Technology Associate Degree in Applied Science, a Computer Specialist Certificate and a Cybersecurity Certificate. She was also nominated by faculty to be honored with the Academic Achievement Award for the Cybersecurity Certificate program at her graduation ceremony.
Now that Alexis is with SLED, she fully realizes the importance of her education. “CCTC gave me the sturdy technical foundation that will support my growth in the career that I’ve chosen,” Alexis explained. “The Computer Technology program includes all necessary major areas, teaching students about hardware, software, networking and programming while weaving in experience with productivity applications (word processing, spreadsheets, databases, etc.).”
Alexis sees the potential for additional training with CCTC in the future. “Information security, like all technology, is in a constant state of change and staying up to date is a requirement.”
When asked if she had some advice for other students interested in computer technology and cyber security, Alexis said the most important thing is to “find your passion.”
“I love the challenges and excitement,” Alexis acknowledged, “but knowing that I’m helping people is the best part. Securing our information is a critical task and I’m happy to be a part of the solution.”
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