A visit I can count on…

Since the mid 90’s I’ve worked in a full-time class and I’ve taught a night class in information technology.  It’s an arduous job working 70 hours a week.  But there’s something I can always count on.  I can always count on a visit from one of our best students.

Several years ago a graduate, Avondale Hutson-Fowler, was in our class.   She worked a full-time job and went to school while being a mom.  Avondale is an Air Force veteran who now works in information technology.


Avondale graduated in the spring of 2011.  Since her graduation, she’s worked help desk and was promoted quickly into her current position as a IT Security Account Administrator with a major contractor near Nashville, Tennessee.  Avondale has unconditionally supported our program.   She’s been a cornerstone in the promotion of technology and IT news while promoting the CIT program through social media.   She’s one of the many students who help to change others’ lives including my own.

Avondale has grown to be an IT professional that I now consider to be a peer.  To hear her commitment to providing her employer with a quality service, makes me truly proud.    If you knew her you would know she is this type of person.    Life delivers challenges and it is up to you to overcome those challenges.

When I watch these challenges being overcome,  it changes me each and every time.   She is one of many slices of my life that provides me with the motivation to keep doing what I do.

If you are a woman in IT sometimes you may think the cards are stacked against you.  Our program is a member of the National Center for Women and Information Technology.  For more information on our program, visit our webpage at –


National Center for Women and Information Technology –


About TCAT Shelbyville IT Department

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - is one of 46 institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents System, the seventh largest system of higher education in the nation. This system comprises six universities, fourteen community colleges, and twenty-six Applied Technology Colleges.
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