Sunday, April 28, 2013

MVCTC Senior, Jacob Pepple, is mapping out a great future

MVCTC GIS and Technical Intelligence student, Jacob Pepple (Arcanum) will be leaving MVCTC with 24 college credits and a scholarship to continue his education in GIS.
Jacob Pepple, a senior from Arcanum in the Miami Valley Career Technology (MVCTC) Center Geospatial Information Systems and Technical Intelligence Program, is completing two very successful years at MVCTC. Jacob will be graduating from Arcanum High School this spring and will be receiving his Career Passport from MVCTC for successfully his career technical program.

After graduation, Jacob plans to take advantage of the Tech Prep Scholarship he has earned to Sinclair Community College. The scholarship will help him work towards earning his associates degree in a GIS or Geography related pathway. Jacob has also taken advantage of the other opportunities at MVCTC to help him be prepared and cut the cost of college. Jacob will leave MVCTC with 24 transferable college credit hours. He earned 12 college credits to Sinclair Community College in his GIS and Technical Intelligence program and he took Dual Enrollment Classes offered at MVCTC to receive credit from Wright State University for English and credit from Miami University Middletown for Math and Statistics.

During his time at MVCTC, Jacob has been very active, participating in the Business Professionals of America (BPA) chapter and earning the Executive Level Torch Award and his senior year working towards the highest level of Torch Awards, Ambassador Level. He also had the honor of representing MVCTC at the Northmont Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) Student Achievement Fair in Columbus, and has attended the BPA State Leadership Conference in Columbus. Jacob was recently inducted into the MVCTC National Technical Honor Society and has been a great ambassador for his program and explaining the growth and demand for GIS related careers in the area.

When asked about his experience at MVCTC, Jacob shared, “The classes are very hands on and require you to pay attention. The work you do is similar to what you might have to do in an actual job in that career field. The work we do is sometimes for clients or is put on display to represent the school which means all work done needs to be professional. Throughout my junior and senior years at MVCTC my classes have demanded 100% effort for completion. Through this hard work I am more prepared to face the real demands of the work force. MVCTC has also motivated me to become a better, well rounded individual. Reasonable rules and hard work has helped to develop my personality into that of a mature and hardworking professional.”

Jacob’s future plans include interviewing for a GIS/Database internship with local companies so that he can work in his career field while attending college. The GIS career field is a vastly growing area where there is a high demand for trained technicians. In this program students learn valuable database management skills and how to take large quantities of data and give it spatial reference so that it can displayed in an easy to read map. Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) is the technology behind Google Earth and Google Maps. During the past year, Jacob has worked on real customer projects including working with a Wildlife Preservation company to map GPS collected points and working with the Tipp City GIS department to map city assets including manholes and sewer outlets.

MVCTC will be hosting a Freshman Showcase event on Thursday, May 2, 2013, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the MVCTC Student Activity Center on the Hoke Road Campus. Current freshman and their parents are encouraged to attend to learn more about the exciting opportunities available to help students’ be both college and career ready. MVCTC staff and students will be on hand to answer questions, give tours, and demonstrate some of the amazing projects students are completing while attending MVCTC. For more information please visit or call 937-854-8056.

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