ATC Alumni Success Stories

ATC Strand:  Information Technology & Computer Sciences

Christine Prendingue

Old Dominion University

IT Operations Manager


Network Administration and
Cyber Defense I & II

Tallwood High School

2002 Graduate


Earned: Certified Novell Network Administration and Microsoft
Certified Professional (MCP)


Old Dominion University

Interdisciplinary Studies Major in Leadership/Minor Public Service
BA 2019


ITT Technical Institute

Information Systems Security BS 2010


ECPI College of Technology

Network Administration AAS 2004


"The networking courses I took with the ATC, not only gave me the technical foundations I needed to launch my career in IT, but I also gained confidence in myself and my own abilities along with a lifelong mentor and support network."

Marcus Rosser

NEXTGEN Data Systems Inc.

Citrix Engineer


Network Administration and
Cyber Defense I & II

Salem High School

2010 Graduate


Earned: Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) Network+, Microsoft Server and Financial Literacy Challenge


"ATC is more than just a place to get some tech skills. It's an environment that gets you prepared for life. Take advantage of every certification you can earn so you can build your own future. You have the option to become an entrepreneur as well."

Thomas Lemay

Virginia Beach City Public Schools

Itinerant Technology
Support Technician


Network Administration and
Cyber Defense I & II

Cybersecurity Systems
Technology II

Princess Anne High School
2017 Graduate


Earned: CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, CompTIA A+, Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Networking Fundamentals, MTA Security Fundamentals, MTA Operating System Fundamentals and MTA Server Administration Fundamentals


Tidewater Community College

Cybersecurity AAS 2020


"My first two courses helped to guide me to my degree and my last course is what helped me secure the job in the school system. If I could do it all over again, I would. It has guided me to the success I have today."


Brian Meade

ePlus Technology

Lead Technical Architect


Cisco Network Engineering I & II

Tallwood High School

2008 Graduate


Earned: Cisco Certified
Internetwork Expert (CCIE)


Virginia Tech

Electrical Engineering BS 2012


"ATC sparked my interest in a field I knew very little about (networking), which is the career I pursued. The connections gained through the program helped me to gain my first job in the industry."

Noel Mitchell

SPARQ Global

Cyber Solution Architect


Cisco Network Engineering I & II

Princess Anne High School

2008 Graduate


Earned: Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)


Old Dominion University

Cybersecurity BS 2019


Tidewater Community College

Computer Science AS 2017


"My time at the ATC ignited my interest in computer networking while giving me the critical hands-on skills required in my field. These classes provide students with not only great learning tools but also guidance from amazing faculty and mentors. I would not be the professional I am today without the experience I had from the ATC!"


Katelyn Delaney

Marathon Consulting

IT Consultant


Web Design Foundations

Advanced Web Design

Salem High School

 2017 Graduate


Earned: Adobe Certified Associate Dreamweaver, Certified Internet Web Professional (CIW) Site Development, Workplace Readiness Skills and National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI)
Virtual Enterprise


Old Dominion University

Graphic Design BA 2022


Tidewater Community College

General Studies AA 2019


"Not only did the ATC give me the skills I use day to day at work, but the bonds I have made there have pushed my professional career."

Rikako Mannon


Junior Software Engineer


Software and Game Development

Advanced Software and
Game Development

Landstown High School

2015 Graduate


George Mason University

Computer Sciences BS 2019


"The Software and Game Development class at the ATC helped me get my foot in the door when it came to furthering my education in the ever-changing world of software development; not only did it get me to where I am today, but the time I spent at the ATC learning and bonding with my peers is an invaluable experience I’ll never forget."

ATC Strand:  Digital Design and Marketing

Devona Stimpson

Strive & Grind and Art by Devona

Co-Founder and Artist


ATC Digital Design I & II

Ocean Lakes High School

2009 Graduate


Old Dominion University

Fine Arts - Concentration in
 Drawing & Design BFA 2012


"I wouldn't be where I am today if it weren't for the ATC. It was there that I learned and built the skills I needed to work for myself and create the thriving branding and art business I have today."

Triston Creekmore

US Census Bureau

Office Operations Supervisor


Marketing & Entrepreneurship
@ Town Center

Advanced Marketing & Entrepreneurship @ Town Center

Ocean Lakes High School

2015 Graduate


Earned: National Retail Federation Customer Service Certification


Johnson and Wales University

Advertising and Marketing Communications BS 2019


"Marketing and Entrepreneurship @ Town Center gave me the opportunity to compete in DECA where I earned a scholarship for my DECA participation and competition success. Mrs. Creamer is an amazing teacher who gave me great guidance which has led me to where I am today."


Meredith Bottenfield

Delta Hotels by Marriott Virginia Beach Bayfront Suites

General Manager


Hospitality and Tourism Management

Kempsville High School

1995 Graduate


Earned: Certified Hospitality

Supervisor certification


Virginia Tech

Hospitality and Tourism

Management BS 2000


"The program set a foundation that opened doors and allowed me to learn about an industry that I have spent the last 20 years building upon."


ATC Strand:  Architecture, Engineering & Manufacturing

Sherri Fredrickson

Burns and McDonnell

 Senior Building Information Modeling (BIM) Coordinator and Architectural Designer


Engineering Design

Architectural Design

Landstown High School

2003 Graduate


Earned: Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Certification


Radford University

Business Management/Minor:

Interior Design BA 2007


"The ATC provided me with the skills to be successful in the architectural industry."

Stacia Smith


Naval Architecture Tech


Engineering Design

Naval Architecture and

Ocean Engineering

Ocean Lakes High School

2010 Graduate


Tidewater Community College

Computer Aided Drafting and Design AAS 2016


"The ATC and its dedicated staff provided technical training, professional development and life changing mentoring which has led to my long-term success in the Marine Engineering & Design field. I encourage all dedicated students to take advantage of the unique, career-building opportunities the ATC has to offer."


James Robbins

Huntington Ingalls

Newport News Shipbuilding

Deck Electrician


Engineering Design

Naval Architecture and

Ocean Engineering

First Colonial High School

2015 Graduate


Earned: NOCTI CAD, Autodesk Inventor, Certified Drafting


Tidewater Community College

Mechanical Engineering AS 2018


"The ATC helped me understand the general field I was entering and what to expect."

Carrillo Dulio

IMS Gear

Mechatronics Apprentice


Engineering Technology I & II

Landstown High School

2019 Graduate


Earned: Mechatronics NOCTI Certification, MakerBot Operator Certification and
Pre-engineering/ Engineering Technology NOCTI Certifications


Tidewater Community College

Mechatronics AAS 2020


"The ATC was resourceful in many ways. It has allowed me to get experience with mechatronics such as pneumatic and electrical systems that I work with every day."

Gul Ayaz




Modeling and Simulation

Landstown High School

2017 Graduate


Old Dominion University

Modeling and Simulation BS 2021


"The ATC provided me with tons of experience in software that I still use in the workplace today. The hands-on learning environment gave me the opportunity to also build a portfolio that I still show to potential employers. "I am currently an intern for a company whose primary goal is to develop augmented reality applications for the Air Force. These Augmented Reality (AR) applications require me to develop 3D models of objects and my first experience with developing these models was in my Modeling and Simulation class at ATC."

Advanced Technology Center

Michael D. Taylor, Director

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