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DATE: June 20, 2001

CONTACT: Calvin Burns, 901/333-5338 or Elisa Marus, 901/333-5692

STCC's McAlpin Awarded ITEC Scholarship

Michael McAlpin, an Information Technology (IT) major at Southwest Tennessee Community College, on June 5, was named the recipient of the 2001 Memphis Information Technology Exposition and Conference (ITEC) Scholarship. The Sixth Annual ITEC Expo was held June 6-7, at the Cook Convention Center. Imark Communications, the Memphis ITEC coordinating organization, annually donates the $1,000 scholarship to an outstanding IT student.

Imark executive and event coordinator, Toby Espinosa, presented the scholarship to McAlpin. "We at Imark Communications are proud to recognize Michael as an outstanding student, as well as an individual," Espinosa said. "With the help and guidance of STCC, we plan to continue our support of higher education in Memphis."

McAlpin, a Federal Express employee, enrolled at STCC in January 2000. His studies at the College have taught him that working in the IT arena demands having new skills and the ability to continuously adjust to ongoing advancements. The honors student plans to graduate during the 2001 Fall Commencement, earning an Associate of Applied Science degree in Information Technology with a concentration in Visual Desktop Applications Development. He also plans to build on his A.A.S. degree by transferring to a four-year college or university, and is looking forward to a successful career in the IT industry.

"I am very grateful for winning the ITEC scholarship," McAlpin said. "It will be a tremendous help to me in achieving my educational goals."

George Williams, STCC's Dean of Business, Career Studies and Technology, commended both Imark and McAlpin. "The ITEC scholarship is an excellent example of business/educational partnerships," Williams observed. "Michael is really a bright student. We are glad that he could be honored with this scholarship and appreciate the continued support that Imark Communications provides for the College and its students."

A recognized leader in technology for Memphis and the Mid-South, STCC has played a crucial role with the Memphis ITEC Expo for the past six years. The Expo is a comprehensive technology program with an educational focus that provides hands-on experience with the latest developments in emerging technologies.

Southwest Tennessee Community College is a Tennessee Board of Regents institution.