Nine students from the Monroe College School for Information Technology have been awarded National Science Foundation Scholarships for their achievements in the Institute for Data Center Professionals ("IDCP") certification. As a result, the students will participate in an 18-month intensive on-line certification program taught by industry experts and faculty from Monroe College and Marist Colleges. The courses will be hosted on an IBM "Z Series" Mainframe at Marist College.
The scholarships, worth $16,000 each, were awarded to: Jason Almanzar, Jamie Cabrera, Solomon Claxton, Samuel Jones, Gareth Matthew, Seaon McAllister, Teekwa Scarborough, Anthony Rodriguez, and Reynoso Seide.
“It’s an outstanding opportunity being provided to our Monroe students,” said Janice Girardi, Dean of the School of Information Technology. “They’ll be networking and sharing ideas with some of the foremost data center professionals in the country.”
Candidates for the scholarships were recommended by Dean Girardi and members of the faculty. They were screened and interviewed by Dean of Academic Technology Jacinth Coultman. The IDCP collaborative program was developed by Monroe Dean of Online Learning Barbara McMullen and Deans McMullen and Coultman were among the developers of the National Science Foundation scholarship grant.Last month, the scholarship recipients attended an introductory presentation of the program by Roger Norton, Dean of the School of Computer Science and Mathematics, Marist College. The presentation was also attended by three previous scholarship winners, Deans Girardi & Coultman, and Professor John McMullen of the School for Information Technology.