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Western Technical College Seeds $30k to Start Scholarship Fund

Western Technical College announced that it has partnered with the Paso del Norte Charitable Foundation to establish the Western Tech Scholarship Fund for training and education for current and prospective students in the El Paso region.

Western Tech made an initial gift of $30,000 to start the fund which will be used to leverage additional funding through contribution and grant support.

“This is something Western Tech has been eager to do for a long time.  Teaming up with the Paso del Norte Charitable Foundation enables businesses and employers to assist our students based on merit and need,” said Brad Kuykendall, Chief Executive Officer of Western Tech.

“We are pleased to be able to help Western Tech lay a foundation for their 501c3 organization.  This is a win for their students, the college, and the business community that benefits greatly from a skilled workforce with graduates like those from Western Tech,” said Anna Alemán, Executive Director of the Paso del Norte Charitable Foundation.  “This opens a huge door of opportunity for everyone involved.”

Applicants must be in the enrollment process at Western Tech or a current student.  They must also have a high school diploma or a GED (which can be earned through the Western Tech program).

For more information about the Western Tech Scholarship Fund, interested students can call (915) 532-3737.

Local ‘Cyber Defense Team’ from Western Tech Advances to Regional Competition

For the second year in a row, the local Cyber Defense Team, WTSECOPS, which stands for Western Tech Security Operations, has advanced through the qualification round and will be attending the Southwest Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

The eight-member team is mentored by Western Tech instructors Robert Madrid and Richard Perez.  ISS (Information Systems and Security) students Larry Eck, Adam Metz, and Jose Portillo and Ace Gomez, an Electronic Engineering Technology (EET) student, are new team members.

Competing for Western Tech for the second time are Juan Rodriguez and Emmanuel Soto, as well as Western Tech alumnae Nicholas Horton and Steven Rodriguez.

“It says a lot about our curriculum at Western Tech when our team ranks with those from some of the largest schools in our region.  These students and their instructors have worked endless hours both in class and on weekends to prepare for competition,” said Ken Pivarnick, Director of Western Tech’s ISS Program.  “We wish them the best of luck in Tulsa.”

The winner of the Southwest Regional will move on to compete at the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

The Southwest Region covers Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.  Twenty teams competed this year in two qualifying rounds.

Eight teams will be moving on to the Southwest Regional competition to be held March 17-19 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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