This past summer, Marion Regional Career Center’s Information Technology, and Cyber Security Instructor Travis Hueston was one of only 25 educators across the country invited to attend the Computer Science Academy for teachers at the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University.
The Computer Science Academy is a unique professional development opportunity for advanced instructors about merging computer science topics in their courses along with the fusion of cybersecurity and advanced coding and programming.
“Even though the program was done virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions, I must admit it was one the most informative, challenging, and enjoyable professional development experiences I have had in my career,” Hueston said. “The Carnegie Mellon Professors, staff, and all of the other Instructors from across the nation who attended were great to learn and work with, and we have all made lasting connections that help us connect our students with the 21st Century and beyond.”
Twenty-five teachers from across the nation were selected to attend the program. MRCC Director Nate McNeely said he was not surprised that Hueston was chosen to participate.
"Dr. Hueston has done a tremendous job with the MRCC's Cybersecurity and Information Technology program, and that effort does not go unnoticed by others in the field." McNeely said. "Dr. Hueston prides himself on providing up-to-date and expert education for his students, and he models the way through his dedication to life-long learning."
MRCC's excellent career prep and advanced college opportunities are one of the reasons Marion High School is a state leader in college and career readiness. MRCC programs are available to students from schools across Grant County as well. Anyone interested in taking MRCC classes should contact their high school counselor, or call Marion Regional Career Center, (765) 664-9091, for more information.