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CFCC graduate and learning lab tutor recognized by UNCW

Caitlin ParrottCFCC graduate, Caitlin Parrott, has been recognized by UNCW Cameron School of Business as the fall 2021 Outstanding Graduate in Information Technology. Parrott was nominated by her advisor at UNCW for the distinction.

Parrott is honored to have received this recognition and grateful she found CFCC to help her achieve this accomplishment. Enrolling at CFCC enabled Parrott to complete her associate degree and transfer to UNCW. Even though she transferred to UNCW, her heart remained at CFCC, and she returned to CFCC to work as a tutor in the Learning Lab at the College’s North Campus.

“I loved CFCC so much that I decided to go back and work there, and I am still loving it.“

Transitioning to Online Classes

Parrott began her computer technology education at a local community college near her hometown, Roanoke Rapids, NC. But the college’s lack of online courses prevented her from completing her degree. So, Parrott researched other colleges and found that CFCC had an exceptional information technology program, and even better, she could complete her degree online.

Although an online program, CFCC’s information technology courses don’t lack hands-on training. “You’re actually getting your hands dirty and doing the work,” said Parrott. “You get more out of it because you are applying the knowledge you’re learning.”

“In the CFCC computer and business technology programs especially,” Parrott continues. “Students get practical experience so they can go out into the field and immediately start working.”

This is one of the things that attracted Parrott to CFCC.

“The coursework is not all theory; it’s hands-on,” explained Parrott. “In my other college experiences, there’s a lot of reading and writing papers. Here, you’re getting technical.”

Making Access Convenient

IT student Caitlin Parrott

Information technology has made large strides for online education. During Parrott’s time at CFCC, she has watched CFCC’s online offerings expand from a few courses to a significant online presence.

“At CFCC, there are options for every skill and comfort level. Hybrid classes, a combination of in-person and online coursework, can help adult learners transition from seated to online classes.”

For those who can’t access the campus, free online tutoring is available. Parrot recalls one student who was bed-bound due to a broken leg. She was happy to offer online tutoring to help the student stay on track in their classes. “That wouldn’t have happened two or three years ago,” stated Parrot. “For me, tutoring students is rewarding. I enjoy knowing that I’ve had a positive impact on their experience at CFCC and academic success.”

Following her December 2021 graduation from UNCW, Parrott’s academic journey includes plans to pursue her master’s degree in network technology online through East Carolina University in the spring of 2022. While her head is in cyberspace, her feet will still be planted in Wilmington.

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