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Katherine Straub, Information Systems Security Major

“AACC is a really good place to start off, especially if you want to explore things.”

Katherine Straub decided AACC would be a good place to explore. In fall 2004, after attending Southern High School and the Center for Applied Technology South, Katherine started taking classes at the college.

"AACC is a really good place to start off, especially if you want to explore things and you are not quite sure what you want to do,” said Katherine. “It is a good place to get your feet wet. I like how the classes are small and the teachers can help you out. It is really personal. It is not like the big universities where you have 500 people sitting in a room and the teachers just lecture to you.”

Outside of the classroom Katherine is a member of SkillsUSA, a partnership of students, teachers and industry professionals working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. AACC students are welcome to join the college’s chapter of SkillsUSA, particularly those involved in career, technical, allied health and culinary fields, by calling the chapter's adviser, Beth Schultz, at 410-777-2552.  

“SkillsUSA is a really great place to expand your horizons," said Katherine. "We have a solid relationship with industry leaders as well as the workforce. It is a really good organization [to be involved in] if you want to get a job and there are a lot of different things you can do no matter what you are interested in.”

Earlier this year Katherine was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the National Technical Honor Society and SkillsUSA. This was the first time a scholarship was offered and she earned the award by submitting an application and essay.

Katherine plans to graduate from AACC with an associate’s degree in the fall of 2006. She wants to earn a bachelor’s degree and from there possibly pursue a graduate degree. In the meantime, Katherine is getting her feet wet in the field by working part time as a lab technician for Computer Sciences Corporation in Hanover, Maryland.