Christopher Carter’s road map to his current Section Chief position as a Supervisory IT Specialist with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) started with basic skills he obtained from technical education.
Christopher graduated with honors with a degree and diploma in Computer Information Systems in Summer Semester 2001 from Flint River Technical College* He went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree in 2012, a master’s degree in 2014 both from Shepherd University in West Virginia in addition to certifications in security and programming. He has also been recognized within his field for modernizing three IRS programs. He was worked for the IRS for the last 10 years.
“I am a proud alumnus of Flint River Technical College,” Christopher said. “I learned the necessary IT skills to allow me to obtain an entry-level IT position. My first job was foundational to my current one. Skills that I acquired at Flint River helped our business to run more efficiently and be more cost effective.
“I would never be in this position were it not for two things: God’s blessings and the education I received from Flint River Technical College,” Christopher said. “I nor my family never realized how important the credentials I obtained from FRTC would be. I have since furthered my education to the post graduate level. Without FRTC, these accomplishments would not have been possible. My family has reaped great benefits because of the foundation that I obtained from FRTC.”
Christopher and his wife Gwendolyn have a daughter, Precious, son-in-law, Tim and granddaughter, Zoe, who has the “lucky number,” as she shares Christopher’s birthday. He previously volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club and the Eastern Panhandle Free Clinic. He currently volunteers with the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT).
MBRT was founded by a group of employers in 1992 as a non-profit organization with a commitment to support rigorous education standards and accountability. To convince, motivate and inspire students to perform at higher levels, to complete rigorous math and science coursework; and to prepare for challenging, rewarding careers for all Maryland middle and high school students. MBRT hosts a variety of workforce volunteers including executives, teachers, principals, superintendents, school board members, government officials, community leaders and parents to provide expertise and support to schools and systems.
“I have heard in the past questions concerning the value of a technical education and that I should get a ‘real’ education,” Christopher declared. “Well, I must admit this is far from the truth because I am a living example. FRTC has made a major difference in our (my family) lives, and for that I am so grateful. I am the first to tell young people that education is the key to taking you places that you never dreamed of – never imagined – and a technical education can be the foundation for the rest of your life.”
Christopher maintains contact with Southern Crescent Technical College to inform the Career and Academic Planning Center about any opportunities for students within the IRS. “I want to encourage students to know that they can make their dreams come true,” he said.
To see more of Christopher Carter's work with the MBRT, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pp2A62Jo7Y
Do you know any alumni of Southern Crescent Technical College (formerly Flint River Tech or Griffin Tech) who contribute to their community and inspire others to do the same? We’d like to reach out to them as a potential spotlight as well. Send their name and contact information to Foundation@sctech.edu.
*Southern Crescent Technical College was formed in 2010 as a result of a merger between Flint River Technical College in Thomaston and Griffin Technical College in Griffin. Southern Crescent Technical College is a public, accredited, two-year post-secondary college serving the workforce and community needs of the citizens of the South Atlanta region including Butts, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Pike, Spalding, and Upson counties. Currently offering over 200 programs in the areas of allied health, business, computers, technical/industrial and professional and personal services, Southern Crescent Technical College trains students in the latest technology through programs that are specifically designed to meet the needs of local business and industry. From short certificate programs to diploma programs to associate degree credit programs, the College offers students the state-of-the-art training needed for students to make a swift transition into the workforce and help stimulate the economic growth and development of this community. In addition, Southern Crescent Technical College offers Adult Education/GED preparation courses and specifically designed industry training and continuing education courses to train today’s students for tomorrow’s workforce.