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Episode 43 – What the Tech?

First Generation - One of Many 05/10/2022 802


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    Episode 43 – What the Tech?
    First Generation - One of Many

What the Tech?

How would you respond if electronic technology came knocking at your door? Would you tip toe as quietly as possible, so it would go away? Would you ask it to kindly leave you alone? Maybe you would crack open the door and talk for a few minutes. Or like our guests today, maybe you would invite technology in with open arms, and spend the rest of your life working with it to enhance teaching, learning, and overall social growth.

Our three guests today new at an early age tech was the industry for them. Listen in to learn about their journeys as first-generation students majoring and working in tech, highlights along the way, and challenges moving forward.

Our Guests

Kurt Rhoton

Kurt is a first-generation college student. He is a Business Information Systems major in his final semester. As his college experience is coming to an end, he is excited to go into the workforce! Kurt is driven to make an impact wherever he goes and hungry to perform in his field of study. He is trying to live the last few months of college only stressing about what he can control. He says there’s no reason to worry about what’s out of my hands. 

Serina Garcia

Serina is a fourth-year computer science major who works for the Technology and Learning Program at Chico State. She is a second-generation Mexican-American but is the first in her family to attend a four-year university. Serina thrives to be a role model to her siblings, making them feel supported and encouraged to chase their best lives. 

Kathy Fernandes

Kathy Fernandes is a first-generation college graduate who earned bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics. Later she earned her master’s in Communications/Instructional Technology. Kathy’s paternal grandfather was illiterate. He was born in the US but had lived in the Azores when he was younger. Kathy’s maternal grandparents came from Switzerland to California when they were married. Both sets of my grandparents were dairy owners and small gentleman farmers in California’s Central Valley, the fruit basket of the world. All Kathy’s degrees are from Chico State, and for the past 34 years, she has held various positions at her alma mater and with in the CSU System. 

Resources & Recommendations:

B Tech Computer Science (YouTube Channel)  

Educause – (Kathy’s go to resource for technology in education) 

Online Learning Consortium – (Website) 

Wildcat Computing Support (Website) 

US Digital Literacy (Toolkits and Skills) 

American Innovations (Podcast)  

Zeroes & Ones (Song by Seven Mary Three) 

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