Trident Technical College’s (TTC) dean of business technology was honored recently by the South Carolina Technical College Foundation.
Laurie Boeding received the foundation’s 2016 A. Wade Martin Innovator of the Year Award, which is given annually to an individual who, while working in a technical college system, finds new and creative methods that have a positive impact on economic development and the education of students.
Boeding was recognized for her initiatives in cybersecurity education. She has been instrumental in the enhancement of TTC’s network systems management program, weaving cybersecurity and cyberforensics elements into the existing curriculum.
“Laurie has been a champion for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in the Charleston area for many years,” Shanda Johnson, Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center Atlantic STEM outreach director, said. “Her passion to see students succeed in this area is evident in her commitment to support programs in the Charleston tri-county area.”
Boeding has gotten grants to help send student teams to cyberforensics competitions and STEM workshops and get new instructional equipment and software, while at the same time getting new advisory board members with cyber experience for TTC.
Her work and new methods in advanced cybersecurity education are being used by other colleges as models.
“Laurie has been a vital link between the college and our service area and has developed innovative approaches to keeping that link strong and effective,” Connie Jolly, assistant vice president for academic affairs at TTC, said. “She is a tireless advocate for her students, the community and the college. Cyberforensics is a new emerging career field and Trident Technical College is on the education forefront as a result of Laurie’s work.”
The award is named for A. Wade Martin, who served as executive director of the Palmetto State’s very first training program for technical and industrial students.