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Johnson County Community College – Computing Sciences & Information Technology Division Update for May, 2022

Medical Information & Revenue Management (MIRM)

MIRM 148: Medical Coding Internship students participated in the CSIT Reverse Career Fair on Friday, April 22, 2022. Students met with employers and/or JCCC instructors and had the opportunity to practice their interview skills, including sharing of their “elevator pitch,” resume, and LinkedIn profiles. Students concluded the event with much-appreciated advice – and a few with requests to apply for positions!

 

MIRM faculty participated in the KCKPS CTE Spring Advisory Meeting on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. CTE initiatives and pathway highlights from the 2021-2022 academic year were shared, including presentations by KCKPS students!

 

MIRM faculty participated in the JCCC STEM Retreat on Thursday, May 19, 2022. Amanda Kraus (MIRM department chair) and Lori Brooks (HCIS department chair) presented a poster presentation re: the Health IT Career Mentorship Program. This program began as a Carl Perkins grant in 2019, connecting new HCIS and MIRM students with local industry professionals. It continues as a semester-long program, creating individualized opportunities for students – and setting them up to appreciate the benefits of career mentorship and professional networking throughout their educational and professional career.

 

Seven (7) MIRM students completed the Medical Coding Certificate program in May 2022. These students include: Jeanan Brown, Jessica Davis, Jaleh Esfandiary, Chelsea Long, Katherine Mendonsa, Amelie Scheller, Hasina Shahadara. Congratulations!

 

Information Technology-Networking and Cybersecurity

Faculty member Andrew Lutz will be presenting at the CAE Symposium in June on Establishing New K-12 Pathways. The department recently developed a pathway with Blue Valley Schools. The pathway provides students the opportunity to complete the JCCC Cybersecurity Certificate program tuition-free alongside their high school education. Successful students will receive both their diploma and Cybersecurity Certificate upon graduation from high school.

 

The department has partnered with Microsoft to join the Microsoft Learn for Educators Program (MSLE). MSLE provides academic institutions access to official curriculum and teaching tools. Through our Imagine Academy status and MSLE, we are offering our students official Microsoft curriculum and labs this Fall 2022 semester at no cost.

Johnson County Community College – Computing Sciences & Information Technology Division

Computing Sciences and Information Technology (CSIT) Division

Computer Science (CIS)

CSIT Hosted Code Day which is a 24-hour, international computer programming event. This event was initiated by JCCC student Ashraf Musleh and supported by CSIT faculty Trisch Price, Alexa Summers and Rachel Singh. Twenty students aged 13 through 25 participated and worked in teams of one to six. Some teams working on creating games others worked on web-based projects. Small workshop sessions were held during the event to teach programming fundamentals. The weekend was sponsored by T-Mobile who provided food and inflatable beds for those who wanted some sleep.

Health Information Systems (HCIS)

Congratulations to Healthcare Information Systems Adjunct Professor Suzie Foley RN, BSN, CEN on her recent success in qualifying as a Certified Emergency Nurse.  Suzie has been an Emergency Department nurse on the front lines of the healthcare defense team during the COVID crisis.  Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN®) Is issued by the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing.

Information Technology-Networking and Cybersecurity

 

The Cybersecurity Competition in the IT 239-Ethical Hacking course has concluded, and we have two winners which both selected the CompTIA PenTest+ voucher as their prize. We are supporting students in their effort to attain certification.

 

Faculty member Andrew Lutz is working on a Carl Perkins grant which aims to help a group of 6 students become CompTIA A+ certified. Passing two exams is required for certification. 5 of the 6 students reported passing the first certification exam. Students will be attempting the second exam within the next month.

 

 

Johnson County Community College – Computing Sciences and Information Technology Division – Update March, 2022

Health Information Systems (HCIS)

Medical Information and Revenue Management (MIRM)

 

HCIS and MIRM faculty members Amanda Kraus, Lori Brooks and Nan Abbot were selected to present at NISOD’s 2022 International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence in May 2022.  The title of their presentation is ‘Building Academic Division & Professional Organization Mentorship Program: Program Model, Easy Implementation and Sustainability Steps’.

 

Cindy Lingerfelt, HCIS Associate Professor, attended the 2022 HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) National Conference in Orlando, FL.

 

Health IT executive and JCCC HCIS Adjunct Professor Heidi Waldschmidt has a new leadership position with Tivity Health.  Since 2016, Heidi has shared her healthcare IT expertise with JCCC HCIS students. The HCIS program immerses students in a variety of industry relevant topics including the recent addition of our Healthcare Data Analytics course.

 

JCCC HCIS alumna and HCIS student mentor Somya Sriram passed the Certified Associate in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CAHIMS) exam sponsored by HIMSS. This credential demonstrates Somya’s professional knowledge in healthcare information and management systems to potential and current employers.

 

Johnson County Community College – Computing Sciences & Information Technology Division Update – February, 2022

Information Technology-Networking and Cybersecurity

Andrew Lutz is working on a grant with Moraine Valley Community College to study existing designation programs nationally at the K-12 level. Results will be used by the NSA/DHS to inform the development of a potential cybersecurity designation program.

The department provided funding for 10 students to compete in the National Cyber League competition for the Spring 2022 semester. The competition provides an online platform where students can practice cybersecurity challenges.

The department is in the early phases of developing a Cloud Certificate. Supported by industry, this will provide students foundational knowledge in major cloud leader such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, and Google

Johnson County Community College Update – January, 2022

Computing Sciences and Information Technology Division – CSIT

Health Information Systems – HCIS

National and Local Recognition

HCIS Department Chair Lori Brooks was selected to serve on the (Health Information Management Systems Society) HIMSS National Professional Certification Board, the national industry organization with over 100,000 members.  This board administers the HIMSS certification programs and designs the exams. This group oversees the performance of the exams, reviews and refines test items, develops new editions of the exams, contributes to plans for marketing and promoting the certifications, and provides consultation for maintenance of quality programs.

HCIS Associate Professor Cindy Lingerfelt will represent the CSIT Division at the Kansas Leadership Center Conference in February.

Student Success

A 2020 HCIS graduate was hired as the Statistical Research Specialist with Oklahoma Department of Health.

Local Partnership

The HCIS department has secured two new remote internships:  Atchison Community Health Clinic and Children’s Mercy Hospital’s Medication Information Management Department.

Grant

The HCIS Carl Perkins Grant’s resume project had its first student participant hired with the new resume completed through the grant.

The HCIS LinkedIn page gained 60 more followers in Fall 2021 semester.

Information Technology-Networking and Cybersecurity

Partnerships

The Information Technology-Networking department was recently accepted as a member of the United States Cyber Command Academic Engagement Network. We join 84 other colleges and universities. We are one of 14 community colleges. The goal of the network is to partner with the United States Cyber Command and other institutions to meet cyber educational requirements and workforce needs.

 

IT Faculty Andrew Lutz and Caleb Ludwick will attend Blue Valley parent night on January 27th to discuss our programs with interested students and their parents.

 

Johnson County Community College Computing Sciences & Information Technology Department Update – November, 2021

Information Technology-Networking and Cybersecurity

Student Success

A former student contacted Associate Professor Andrew Lutz to notify him that that they recently completed the CompTIA A+ certification. This is a valuable entry level certification that helps students increase their marketability.

 

The Information Technology- Networking department completed their second cybersecurity competition which is done in the IT 239- Ethical Hacking course each semester. Two students achieved perfect scores. The competition aims to provide students practical experience in penetration testing.

 

Johnson County Community College – Computing Sciences & Information Technology – Update for October 2021

Medical Information & Revenue Management (MIRM)

Special Events

MIRM 148: Medical Coding Internship students participated in a LinkedIn workshop with Ashley Kretzschmer from the Career Development Center on Monday, October 04, 2021. Students learned the importance of a strong LinkedIn profile, including how they are used by recruiters during the hiring process. Students were encouraged to take advantage of free resources, including the photo booth in the JCCC Co-Lab. Follow the JCCC Medical Information & Revenue Management LinkedIn page to connect with these students and view their profiles!

 

The Medical Information & Revenue Management (MIRM) department hosted its Fall Advisory Board Meeting on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, in conjunction with the Healthcare Information Systems (HCIS) department. Faculty shared current program metrics and proposed curriculum changes. Board discussion focused on employer partnerships, including student internships and the JCCC Health IT Career Mentorship Program. Industry updates were provided by attending Board members, including facility growth and expansion, federal grant funding, and reimbursement guidelines. The next meeting will be scheduled for Spring 2022.

 

Significant Student Accomplishments

Jacqueline Walsh, MIRM graduate (Fall 2020), successfully passed the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) credentialing examination. This is a nationally recognized certification, awarded by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

 

Information Technology-Networking and Cybersecurity

Student Success

A student enrolled in the Information Technology program recently completed the Cisco Certified Networking Associate Certification (CCNA). The CCNA covers networking fundamentals, IP services, security fundamentals, and automation and programmability. It prepares students for entry level roles in networking. We are consistently encouraging students to pursue certification as it increases their marketability.

 

Johnson County Community College – Computing Sciences and Information Technology Update for September, 2021

Health Information Systems – HCIS

HCIS graduate Amanda Kristek was selected to present a poster at this year’s HIMSS Global Health Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas.  Amanda’s passion for using health IT to address and resolve SDOH issues that plague so many of the elderly in rural communities propelled her to create her poster presentation.

HCIS graduate Somya Sriram was awarded the national CAHIMS Grant for Minority Professionals and Students course. Created by the HIMSS Global Health Equity Network and the HIMSS Foundation, this new grant provides underrepresented health information and technology professionals and students with preparation materials and financial resources to attain CAHIMS certification.

Medical Information & Revenue Management (MIRM)

Special Events

MIRM 148: Medical Coding Internship students participated in a StrengthsFinder workshop with Ashley Kretzschmer from the Career Development Center on Monday, September 20, 2021. Students learned about their “Top 5 Strengths” and how to utilize this information to their advantage, as they prepare to enter the workforce. Additionally, the class learned that, as a whole, it leads with the Relationship Building theme – you will want this group on your next team!

 

Significant Student Accomplishments

Sarah McKinley, MIRM graduate (Fall 2019), successfully passed the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) credentialing examination. This is a nationally recognized certification, awarded by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

 

 

Information Technology-Networking and Cybersecurity

National Conference Presentation

Professor Andrew Lutz has been asked to present for the National Convergence Technology Center on November 17th on Developing and Hosting Your Own Cybersecurity Competition.

 

Cybersecurity competitions are an exciting, engaging way for students to practice critical cyber skills. This session shows viewers how to develop and host their own cybersecurity competition with a focus on ethical hacking.  Topics covered will include: planning a cybersecurity competition, resources and strategies available to learn cybersecurity and ethical hacking and how to create a lab environment for a cybersecurity competition.

 

National Cyber League – Student Competitors

The Information Technology-Networking department has four students competing in the National Cyber League competition for the Fall 2021 semester. The competition provides an online platform where students can practice cybersecurity challenges.

 

 

Johnson County Community College – Computing Sciences and Information Technology Update, May, 2021

IT Networking
The Information Technology- Networking department hosted its first cybersecurity competition in the IT 239-Ethical Hacking course this semester. The competition has concluded, and we have our two winners. One will receive a CompTIA PenTest+ voucher so they may attempt the certification exam and the other will receive a 128GB USB 3.0 flash drive. We will host a competition again in the fall 2021 semester.

Johnson County Community College – Computing Sciences and Information Technology Update for March, 2021

Computer Information Systems – CIS
CSIS student Maria Dominguez received her AS Emphasis in Information Systems Technology degree in December 2020. During her time as a JCCC student, Maria served as president for the Computer Club, and volunteered in multiple activities including the NE KS Science Olympiad, the SkillBuilders “Girls Just Want to Have Fun Coding Workshop”, and other outreach activities for CSIS. Obtaining this degree allowed Maria to move from IT apprentice to System Engineer at Cerner in January 2021. We are proud of and congratulate Maria on her accomplishments!

The KC STEM Alliance in February released findings from its focus group research into the best and next practices for closing the gender gap in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. Associate Professor Perla Weaver contributed as a panelist in the middle school focus group. With a focus on the KC Metro STEM Ecosystem: “This report represents the first step in collective action toward closing the many gaps in STEM education—gender, race and differing abilities. It builds on the wisdom, expertise and experience of those passionate about building and supporting a talent pipeline of women in STEM.” –

The CSIS department is expanding the Career Pathways articulations with DeSoto School District to increase the opportunities for High School students to pursue careers in computing. This new articulation will allow students to earn credits for CS 134 – Programming Fundamentals.

Computer Support Specialist – CSS/CPCA
Lisa Friedrichsen and Carol Smith engaged in the Cengage Computing 2021 national webinar conference over JCCC Spring Break on March 10, 11, and 12th. They attended breakout sessions on innovative teaching techniques regarding leading edge technologies, Microsoft 365 software, and computer science certifications. They also attended keynote sessions on the ever-changing digital world, digital culture, and digital diversity by computer science professor and industry thought-leader Corrine Hoisington.

Health Information Systems – HCIS
The HCIS department in partnership with JCCC’s CoLab hosted a Virtual LinkedIn Workshop for HCIS and MIRM students Thursday, March 4th, 2021. Instructor Bethany Spilde, a social media visionary with 10+ years of experience working in the social media marketing field, led the workshop for 30+ students. LinkedIn has become a vital part of every HCIS professional’s success in pivoting careers to securing employment in the HCIS field and connecting with people and to opportunities. Students learned what it takes to take LinkedIn profiles to “All-Star” status while discovering new ways to search for jobs and use other built-in features.

JCCC’s HCIS Department will be participating in the KU Edwards and JCCC Exploring Heath Careers – Career Snapshot event March 31st, 2021. The event will host a panel of professionals in the healthcare field for students to be able to explore and ask questions about the healthcare field. This event will be focused on career explorations.

IT Networking
Andrew Lutz, Chair of the Information Technology- Networking department, has been invited to join the National Career and Technical Education Advisory Council. The Council will lead a national dialog focused on accelerating career pathways in technology.

The Information Technology- Networking department is piloting a cybersecurity competition in its IT 239 Ethical Hacking course. Students will have the opportunity to test their skills with live lab challenges that were designed by the IT faculty.

MIRM – Medical Information and Revenue Management
MIRM faculty participated in the JCCC Virtual Networking Fair on Monday, March 22. Faculty was able to share some of the personal stories re: their educational journey and career progression. Faculty was also able to provide feedback on each student’s “elevator speech,” answer specific questions, and provide an additional connection for students on-campus. Kudos to Valerie Mann and the Career Development Center for a wonderful event!

MIRM faculty and students participated in a HCIS/MIRM LinkedIn Workshop with Bethany Spilde on March 4. Participants received a step-by-step walk-through of LinkedIn, including key information to include on their profiles and steps to build an “All Star” profile! Thank you to Bethany Spilde and Nan Abbott for your hard work and a great session!

Amanda Kraus participated in the monthly Greater Kansas City HIMSS (Health Information Management Systems Society) March Board meeting on Friday, March 12. Amanda is currently serving as the Board Secretary. https://kchimssc.starchapter.com/board.php

WEB – Web Development and Digital Media
Adjunct Professor Andy Young and Web Chair/Professor Jim Hopper have been awarded the 2021 NISOD Excellence Award. The NISOD Excellence Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated teaching and leadership excellence in institutions of higher education.