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For community college students, a new way to earn a bachelor’s degree

Many community college students aspire to build further credentials at a four-year institution, but some face geographical constraints due to work, family or other factors.

Now, with the help of an $650,000 grant from the National Science Foundation  (NSF), Capitol Technology University is launching a scholarship program that enables place-bound cybersecurity students to transfer in and complete their bachelor’s degrees online.


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Posted by raherschbach on 27 Mar 2015

Although finding a job is a very personal activity, gathering a team around you to support, guide, and assist you will help you be more successful.

About 80% of jobs are found through networking1. However, networking is not just about finding a job. It’s about a sense of belonging. It’s about discussing the latest industry trends. It’s about shared experiences and support.

Many alumni, graduate students, and even a few undergraduate students are not physically on-campus. However, it is still important to remain an active member of the Capitol Technology University community. There are many ways to do this online.

Keep an eye on our new blog to stay current on what is happening on campus. However, it seems as though you are already doing a good job of that!

Like us on Facebook.

Join our LinkedIn groups!

Alumni Association

Capitol Technology University Faculty, Alumni and Students

Career Services at Capitol Technology University

You must list that you attended or are attending Capitol on your profile to be admitted to these groups.

Become a Career Mentor. To do so, email alumni@captechu.edu and careers@captechu.edu to express your interest and to get more information.  Individuals must have 5+ years in the field experience to participate. We match students with mentors about once a year.

Capitol Technology University values the relationships between our students, alumni, faculty, staff, administrators, and community. The only way to maintain that relationship is to communicate and these platforms provide us with the opportunity to engage and bond with the CapTechU team.

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Posted by raherschbach on 25 Mar 2015

If you’ve been out and about on the Capitol campus recently, you may have noticed green, yellow or red ribbon wrapped around some of the trees. Some new wooden posts have also been set up. What is this all about?

The answer: Capitol now has a 9-hole frisbee golf course. Professor Alex “Sandy” Antunes and student Anthony Lacilla set it up in early March, and the Frisbee Club then gave it a spin.

“Last summer, I thought a course might be a good idea to add some sportiness to Capitol, so I took a few students to the College Park course to see if there was interest,” Antunes explains. “They liked it, so I asked [Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds] Bruce Ribb for permission for me to non-destructively tag trees and posts with nylon webbing, and he said okay.”

“Anthony joined up and moved things forward by asserting ‘hey, let's finally do this!’. He and I paced out a good course in under an hour. Later that week, we grabbed the webbing and tagged the first five, then he drafted the Frisbee Team to finish the back four, and it was done!”

The rules in frisbee golf are not unlike those used in the club-and-ball form of the sport. A certain number of tosses is set as the par for reaching each tagged item. Players have to get within an arm’s reach of the target in order for a toss to count as “in”. Scores are tallied as the total number over or under par. After that, each player takes up to three steps and fires away at the next hole.

Capitol’s nine-hole course begins at the end of the basketball court and ends at the soccer goals. It's a two-part course; after the first five, players go to the trashcan on the sidewalk outside the McGowan Building to begin the last four.

“We set it up to specifically avoid the birdhouses, the cars, and [Director of Student Life and Residential Services] Jason Kilmer’s house,” Antunes says. “As a bonus, it explores the tall hill and back  glade, which usually see little student activity.”

In total, the course amounts to a half-mile of pleasant walking.  Players can run it solo or in a group. They are allowed to use either a regular frisbee or the special smaller frisbees favored by frisbee golfers (and available at Sports Authority or the College Park Airport Museum for under $10).  The 'holes' are tagged with hand-tied rock climbing webbing, which can easily be removed or replaced if needed. 

“If there's great interest someday, we can consider adding the official baskets favored by the sport, but for now it's a simple, easy, and fun addition to our campus for spring and beyond,” Antunes says.

 


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Posted by raherschbach on 19 Mar 2015

The student looked puzzled. “I thought this was supposed to be a group project. Is this presentation a group thing or not?”

I was taken aback by his confusion. We were well into the semester and I thought the students had a good handle on their goals and responsibilities. But I listed for him the various assignments coming up and explained which were graded as a group and which were graded individually. He seemed satisfied and went back to work, but I was unsettled. Clearly, I had missed the mark somewhere.

It isn’t hard to understand the student’s concern. Most often, schools emphasize learning as an individual goal, and, indeed, use competition to motivate students to excel. At Capitol, however, our focus is less on competition and more on collaboration and cooperation. The English Communications II class, of which this puzzled student was a part, fosters a collaborative learning environment and, as such, is a new experience for many students.

I see three distinct learning modes. One is competition, in which students work independently on assignments, completing whatever thinking, writing, and research is required to finish the task at hand on their own. At the opposite end of the continuum is cooperation, in which students work together on one task, sharing the work load and sharing the same grade. A third mode, a hybrid of the two, is collaboration, in which students work independently on some assignments, but act together on others while focusing on a common goal. Collaborative learning teaches students to work together and separately at the same time. Students are encouraged to share resources, discuss ideas, read and comment on each other’s work, and build consensus on issues that affect them all. The first two modes are more traditional, and thus easier to understand and model.  The third, collaboration, is less common, more vague and undefined; that’s where the student above got lost.

The English Communications II students are a diverse lot. Some would be happier working alone, and accepting sole responsibility for the outcome of their individual efforts. Others would rather share the workload and the responsibility with peers, content to accept a group grade. But both tend to balk at collaboration, as that mode comprises the worst of both worlds, so to speak. In EN102, students are required to write individual research papers, while working with peers to uncover common issues, question assumptions, point out errors in thinking, and find common ground. Those who prefer to work independently may be reluctant to trust others to a good job, while those who welcome joint efforts can be uneasy with complete responsibility for complex assignments.

As a result of this student’s question, it was clear that further clarification of collaborative learning was called for. Collaboration, in many ways, is the essence of scientific research. While competition plays a part, notably by speeding discoveries such as the race to map the human genome, and cooperation (teamwork)  is absolutely essential for highly complex endeavors such as putting man in space, it is collaboration that underlies them both. Building networks of colleagues, presenting and attending conferences and seminars, sharing results through professional publications, and constant reading in the field are all  components of collaboration. The EN102 class allows students to get a taste of this most necessary mode of learning.

As Isaac Newton famously stated, “If I have seen a little further, it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.”


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Posted by raherschbach on 13 Mar 2015

By Karen Tavarez, Senior Library Aide

What  do you imagine the typical librarian to be like, based on movies and television shows? Isn’t it usually one of two options? Is it either, the older lady with glasses that does not allow you to chew gum in the library, or the beautiful and provocative younger woman with a perfect smile? Neither are too realistic, right? Thus, let me welcome you back to reality and tell you a little about the actual people who make up the Puente Library staff! No, they are not like the people on television, which is why you probably will like them better since they are just like you!

Let’s start with the faces you’ll encounter when you first walk into the library: the friendly Library Aides – these are the awesome people you will relate to the most! They are from a diverse variety of cultural backgrounds, calling beautiful countries like Egypt and Venezuela home. How is it they can they help you? Well, for starters they know everything you might ask about within the library, and since they are also students--they may be able to help you with your classes as well! Friendly and helpful service in one place; isn’t that awesome?!

Furthermore, speaking of awesome; have you met  any epically funny librarians before? If not, then you might want to stop by the Puente Library! Rick Sample, Director, and Susanna Carey, Librarian, are not just another great resource for help and information, like the Library Aides, but they are also really friendly and lively (in fact, Sample is known to be the funniest person on campus)! Both Sample and Carey are also professors at Capitol Technology University and they would be more than happy to help you with and answer your questions.

The Puente Library wants YOU to get to know them better and become more involved! So here are some great ways for you to start: be part of the many monthly programs hosted and organized by the Library Aides, submit your suggestions about books and movies you would like to see added to the Library’s growing collection, join the monthly meetings for The Group, run by Sample, and The Book Club, run by Carey, or simply stop by to say hello! Hope to see you soon at the Library!

Email us with any questions, library@captechu.edu.


Calvin Cheng: From Capitol to Microsoft

Since arriving at Capitol Technology University two years ago, Calvin Cheng has built up considerable expertise in engineering, particularly in the area of RF communications. He has also gained essential insights into another important topic: the process of building a career.


Alumni Profile: Nicole Patton

Nicole Patton wears multiple hats, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. As an IT manager for Lockheed Martin, she manages a $3 million budget and leads three different teams: one that manages nationwide e-mail support services for a government client, another that’s responsible for software development, engineering and packaging, and a third that provides on-site support for executives and staff in the DC area.


Career Fair provides window into workforce needs

The McGowan Academic Center at Capitol Technology University bustled with students and recruiters on February 27 as the university held its annual career fair. Capitol faculty were on hand as well, conferring with area employers about the ever-evolving needs of the workforce.


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Posted by raherschbach on 4 Mar 2015

By Destinee Martin

I’ve made a multitude of decisions in my life, but the most significant decision I’ve made thus far would have to be my final choice of a major. I didn’t always want to major in Cybersecurity. I wanted to be a veterinarian or a pediatrician so I could help children or animals, but that quickly changed when I found out I’d often see them in pain. After much thought, I decided that I wanted to be an Ultrasound Specialist. For a few years, I was very set on my career choice. I had Old Dominion University in Virginia on the top of my college list and had toured it twice with my parents. It seemed perfect -- that is, until I took an after school class in my junior year of high school called Cyber Patriots.

In Cyber Patriots, we were able to use Virtual Machines to figure out the security flaws of Windows 07 servers and Linux machines. I was so amazed that I could secure a remote computer from another computer. I don’t want to say I was obsessed, but I was definitely impressed with the technology beneath my fingertips. I took home the information that we were taught and secured my home desktop. The feeling I got when I was finished was unlike any other I’ve experienced. I was excited, proud, happy, and having fun at the same time. It was at that point that I knew I would never experience a fulfilling feeling like that in any other field, so Cybersecurity was my final decision for a major.

A visit to Capitol's campus

After explaining my new choice to my family, they were happy I had found something I was passionate about. Knowing that I had support from my family fueled my desires even more than I could have imagined. I explained to my club teacher that I wanted to major in Cybersecurity and he helped me find colleges in the area that offered bachelor’s degrees in that field. I had my top three; the University of Maryland, UMBC, and AACC. A few months later, I took the opportunity to visit Capitol College in Laurel.

Stepping off of the bus and touring the school, my heart nearly burst through my chest. I’ve never wanted to go somewhere so badly, except maybe Universal Studios, but that’s a story for a different time. I was all smiles during the entire tour. I remember looking around thinking, “Wow, every table here is the nerd table!” I was hooked.

When senior year came around, I made sure to apply to Capitol first. I've never told anyone this, but I never finished the application for UMBC, I never applied to the University of Maryland, and I only glanced at AACC’s application. Capitol College (now Capitol Technology University) was the only school I finished the application process for and I’m glad I made that decision.

Applying for a scholarship

A month later, I got my acceptance letter. It was such an amazing feeling to know the only school I truly wanted to go to had accepted me. Then, few months later I got a letter in the mail explaining that I could come to the school to give a presentation and try for a full tuition scholarship. I don’t think my heart could’ve beaten any faster. I circled yes, filled out my information, and sprang head-first into creating a PowerPoint about my life and why I wanted to major in Cybersecurity.

When the day came to present, I was a mess. I had a touch of bronchitis, could barely talk, and had heavy bags under my eyes. I pulled myself together, explained my illness and excused myself when presenting, and went home. I received a large envelope from the college and opened it before sighing heavily. Remember how I said I didn’t think my heart could’ve beaten any faster? I thought wrong. My heart could have exploded into a million pieces when I saw my acceptance for the full tuition scholarship.

After I graduated from high school, I was placed in summer classes for the scholarship. There, I met an amazing group of people I’m proud to call my friends. We bonded over the three weeks we had with each other and the time we’ve shared since our freshman year started. I learned to establish my independence by living on campus, enhance my communication skills by speaking to fellow classmates, and find plenty of friends. Thinking back on my life, it’s hard to believe that my decision to study Cybersecurity has led me to become the person I am today. I will always be grateful of the opportunities I’ve been able to have and I will never regret the choice I made junior year.


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Posted by raherschbach on 27 Feb 2015

By Dr. Michael T. Wood, President, Capitol Technology University

At Capitol Technology University we have POPs  -- Professors of Practice.  These extremely valuable professionals are practitioners of our disciplines in industry and government, who both teach with us part-time, and contribute additional time to matters such as curriculum development, research, university outreach, and other matters important for our growth and success. Along with our wonderful fulltime faculty, adjunct instructors, and support staff, the POPs make up the critical mass of our continuing and expanding academic excellence.

When I think of POPs, I also think of those letters as an acronym for something else less exciting – Paving Over Paradise – as in:

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Til it’s gone?
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot.
(Joni Mitchell)

We will pave parking lots, as our residence and learning facilities expand and require more parking spaces.

We will not pave over paradise.

CREI, CIT, and Capitol College were paradises, in their times. They flourished with niched, career-focused programming, dedicated, expert teaching, caring and knowledgeable student-support staff, small class sizes, and hands-on learning with appropriate technology.

“The times they are a changin," sang Bob Dylan. (Why am I so musical today? Perhaps a little STEAM in STEM – the A is for Arts).  As we change, Capitol Technology University brings more breadth and depth to our Eden – new programs, new audiences, new partners, new people. 

And, the legacy plots in our paradise will be preserved and embellished, with new ways to be small, service-oriented, special and strong.

The flowers emerging from our garden will continue to be well-versed technology leaders and professionals who are in high demand by government, business and industry.

Some may become our next POPs – without steamrollers.



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