IT Academy completers Kyle Johnson (left) and Malcolm Carrington were recently recognized by the Southside Virginia Regional Technology Consortium (SVRTC).
Johnson was awarded the SVRTC Instructional Technology Support Award, and Carrington was awarded the SVRTC Technology Support Award. Johnson and Carrington are employed within the technology department at Charlotte County Public Schools (CCPS).
Johnson completed the SVHEC's IT Academy in January 2017, and wears many hats for the CCPS technology department. In the mornings, he teaches two Advanced Technology courses at Randolph-Henry High School, and in the afternoons he serves as an IT technician for the County's schools. In his Advanced Technology classes, he engages students in a rigorous, hands-on curriculum to prepare them to earn the CompTIA A+ certification. To apply skills acquired in class, Johnson developed a mock "mini data center" with real-life cable runs and a server rack cabinet. Johnson also exposes students to real-world experiences off-campus by taking them to tour the Microsoft Data Center in Boydton, and by having them participate in apprenticeships under his guidance.
Malcolm Carrington completed the SVHEC's IT Academy in July 2016, and is a CCPS IT Technician primarily focused on the County's elementary schools. Carrington keeps the County's equipment in working order to ensure resources are available to students and staff. As issues arise, he has proven himself to be a devoted and responsive technician, and was instrumental in helping CCPS integrate and maintain its new mobile management system. Carrington worked to ensure teachers were able to customize their devices to meet their specific needs. When the County hosts special events, he is the primary technician responsible for setting up all audio/visual equipment.
Prior to completing the IT Academy, Carrington completed the SVHEC's Work Ready Foundation program in 2014, and was employed as an SVHEC Workforce Services Administrative Assistant for several years.