Tomas Roberts, a senior in the Industrial and Systems Engineering program at UAH and a Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) graduate recently returned to Northeast as a guest tutor in the Technology Learning Center.
Tomas attended NACC from 2012-2014 where he served as a Peer Tutor while he earned an Associate in Science degree. Tomas graduated Summa Cum Laude and was selected to the All-USA/All-Alabama Academic Team. He was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Mu Alpha Theta, and Sigma Kappa Delta. Tomas joined the UAH OOE team as a Student Specialist in the spring of 2016. He is an Industrial Engineering Intern with the RUAG Space USA. RUAG is a Swiss-based technology company that has partnered with United Launch Alliance (ULA) and will be producing composite components for the Atlas V rocket and for the planned Vulcan rocket in the ULA facility. As an intern, he is involved in various projects supporting the startup of the production line at the Decatur, AL facility. While attending Northeast Tomas was an intern for GH Metal Solutions in Fort Payne, a division of Feralloy Corporation. He currently has a 4.0 GPA and plans to graduate from UAH in May 2017.
Tomas attributes much of his success at UAH to his start at NACC. “Choosing to obtain my associate’s degree from Northeast has, without a doubt, helped me get to where I am today,” he said. “The knowledge and experiences I took from NACC helped me succeed at UAH, and now beyond, as I currently work for the Swiss-based, technology and defense giant, RUAG.”
"Keeping our students up to date in using the latest in technology is extremely important to us at Northeast," stated NACC President Dr. David Campbell. "We very much appreciate Mr. Roberts' help in achieving this goal."
Savannah Palmer, a tutor in the TLC is also affiliated with UAH in a special scholarship program between UAH and NACC titled CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service from the National Science Foundation. This scholarship is funded and administered by the National Science Foundation. UAH is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense. UAH was awarded a grant from the NSF that allows students to be awarded this scholarship to study cyber security. Savannah was awarded this scholarship in August of 2016 and the scholarship provides funding for her last year at NACC and her last two years at UAH in pursuit of her Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering with Cyber Security. Like Savannah, recipients of the scholarship are awarded a full-ride that pays for tuition, books, professional development and a paid trip to Washington DC to attend the SFS Job Fair. Also, recipients are paid each academic year a stipend in the amount of $20,000 for undergraduates and $32,000 for graduates. In addition, recipients have a service obligation to the US Government that is required following their graduation from UAH which is one year of service in a cyber security related position for each year of scholarship received. Recipients are also expected to serve in a paid government cyber security related position during the summer semester.
“I am very excited to have had the privilege of working with these great students in the Technology Learning Center,” stated Judith Lea, Director of the TLC at Northeast. “The faculty and staff at Northeast work hard to ensure our students have many opportunities at the university level once they graduate from Northeast. Ms. Shirley Buttram (Developmental Studies Program Coordinator) does a fantastic job in providing the TLC with exceptional Peer Tutors”.
The Technology Learning Center is located in the Business Education Building room 107 where it serves as a multi-function resource and instructional support center for students and faculty. The primary mission of the Center is to provide instructional technology support to faculty and students. As a service to the community, the Center administers proctored exams and certifications for distance learning courses. All of the services and supports are free to students currently enrolled at NACC.
If you are interested in these programs and services, contact Lea at 256-638-4418 or 256-228-6001, ext. 2309, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration for the Summer Semester begins by appointment on April 3.
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