MRCC Cybersecurity and IT Academy student earns state title, advances to national competition

Publish Date: 12/15/2020

A student in the Marion Regional Career Center Cybersecurity and Information Technology Academy will represent Indiana at a national competition where the best students with Microsoft Office Specialist knowledge will square off.

MRCC senior Evan Rollins won the state championship on the Microsoft Office Specialist PowerPoint Exam. That means he will compete June 21 through 23 in the U.S. National Championship at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista in Orlando, Fla.

Rollins is a student in Travis Hueston’s Cyber Security and Information Technology course. He, like his classmates, take industry-standard tests after each unit, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Rollins scored higher than more than 350,000 students from all over the U.S. who entered a passing score on an eligible exam in the qualifying round.

“I am so impressed by Evan’s work. He has proven that he can use Microsoft Office tools effectively, which will be a key to successful academic and career pursuits,” Hueston said. “One goal of career and technical education courses is to turn learners to earners, and I expect that this will result in scholarships, internships, and job offers.”

This is the fifth year of MRCC’s participation in Microsoft’s Imagine Academy, a nationwide program that allows schools to offer fundamental technology skills training and rigorous technical courses for students interested in pursuing an information technology career after graduation.

First-place winners in the U.S. National Championship win $3,000 along with a trophy and an all-expenses-paid trip to compete in the World Championship against students from 50 different countries. 

“The Cyber Security and Information Technology Academy awarded more than 80 industry-standard certifications in the first month and a half of school alone,” MRCC Director Nate McNeely said. “This program continues to be a leader in the computer science fields not only locally but on a national scale.”