Noah Teshome spends a portion of every week at ImmersiMap, a Columbia-based firm that develops advanced data collection systems for security applications. Here, he creates virtual reality coding for client web sites. A senior at Atholton High School, Noah landed this incredible internship opportunity through Howard Community College’s Early College Program.
“I would like to pursue a career in cybersecurity, which is a very competitive field,” said Noah, a lifelong resident of Howard County. “When I heard about the Early College Program at HCC, I knew it would help me begin to build my resume and gain early experience that will make a difference when I am done with school and ready to get a job.”
At ImmersiMap, Noah is working with people who he considers to be excellent mentors, in a real-world work environment. Equally impressed with what he is learning in the classroom, Noah is choosing to stay at HCC to finish his associate degree. He will graduate in Spring 2018 and then intends to transfer to a four-year university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity. And he believes that his experience as part of the Early College Program will make the transition as easy one.
“I have had a chance to experience college life ahead of schedule,” Noah said. “It proves I am committed to working in the cybersecurity industry and that I am serious about reaching my long-term goals. But first, I hope this helps me stand out when the time comes to apply to four-year colleges.”As for those long-term goals, Noah’s priorities are well defined – a rewarding career that supports him and his future family. “I want to work for a company that is innovative and forward thinking, and that offers a great culture where I can continue to learn and grow. I know if I keep working hard now, I will have that someday.”