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Marion Technical College hosts Ohio Tech Day for local students

Marion Technical College was proud to accept students from the Tri-Rivers Career Center and the Delaware Area Career Center for hands-on experience in those fields during CyberSecurity Awareness Month.

Dozens of students tried their hand at local projects, including programming Raspberry Pi, a credit card-sized computer, and Hack the Box, an online platform where students can test their cybersecurity skills. During Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the need for more security to deter hackers, stop phishing scams, and protect financial and personal information is highlighted.

“I was thrilled that the students got hands-on experience with programming in the real world,” said Joe Woughter, Faculty of Computer Science such as bringing new, cutting-edge smart technologies into homes and workplaces. This is a key experience to find out if this is an area they could enjoy.”

“They introduced two great programs to the students: cybersecurity and programming. The students were very engaged and had a great time!” said Greg McDonough, Application Development and Programming Instructor at the Delaware Area Career Center. “This gives the students a great insight into what’s out there and what Marion Tech has to offer.”

Faculty Ks Ku right discusses IT careers with a DACC staff and students.

Marion Tech offers a variety of certificates and degrees in areas such as cybersecurity and networking, software development, and web development.

“Jobs in information technology are increasing. Whether you’re a business that protects your customers’ data or yourself when they shop online or open an email, cybersecurity is critical,” said Ks Ku, IT faculty at Marion Tech. “These students have opportunities that can benefit their careers and our community.”

“From software development to cybersecurity to intelligent manufacturing, these are in-demand areas,” said Mike White, associate dean of technical programs at Marion Technical College. “With new IT jobs opening up every day in central Ohio, we want our students to be aware of these high-paying jobs and the ways to learn the skills required.

The students enjoyed visiting the Esports Arena, another field of software development as well as entertainment.

Ohio Tech Day is held to raise awareness of the role technology and innovation play in Ohio’s economy and to inspire the next generation of technology leaders. Marion Tech joins a number of sponsors including OhioX and Meta.

Marion Tech offers the Choose Ohio First Scholarships in partnership with the Ohio Department of Higher Education to encourage students to go into STEM and stay local for their education and careers. Marion Tech is accepting applications for scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $5,000 per year for students majoring in IT, engineering technology, and healthcare. Applications for the next round of scholarships are due by December 1st. Visit mtc.edu/scholarships for more details and to apply.

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