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Be In Demand

Career empowerment panel events for students of color and women

Every day, Columbus State students and graduates break through barriers. At a Be In Demand panel, you’ll hear from students of color and women blazing career paths in tech, modern manufacturing, and healthcare, and get advice about how to rise into one of these in-demand industries. 

People of Color in Tech, Manufacturing, & Healthcare Career Panel

Meet Columbus State students and graduates whose clinicals and earn-and-learn apprenticeships have set them up for successful employment in the information technology, modern manufacturing, and healthcare industries. Learn about their educational and internship paths and what it takes for students of color to break into these well-paying fields. 

In-Person Event

Friday, April 8
10 a.m.–noon

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Virtual Event

Tuesday, April 19
6:30–7:30 p.m.

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Featured Panelists

Om Borkar

Computer Science Major

Currently a student at Ohio State, Om Borkar started his Computer Science classes as a College Credit Plus student and then a traditional student at Columbus State. Through an internship at State Auto, Om is gaining hands-on experience in his field and preparing to be the first one hired, when he graduates in 2025.

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Khalida Menguellati '20

Computer Science – Software Developer Major

As a Columbus State  student, Khalida participated in the Information Technology Flexible Apprenticeship (ITFA)  program, completing a paid software developer apprenticeship with State Auto. Now Khalida is a software engineer associate at Accenture and earning her bachelor's degree in computer science from Western Governors University. 

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Harvey West '21

Mechanical Engineering Technology Major

Harvey West started his journey into the manufacturing field by enrolling as a Mechanical Engineering Technology major at Columbus State. Once enrolled, he was accepted into the Modern Manufacturing Work Study program. Through the MMWS, Harvey got an internship at Abercrombie, which ultimately led to a full-time position after graduating from Columbus State.

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Michael Foy Armstead '20

Associate of Science Major

Michael Foy Armstead started at Columbus State in 2016 as a non-traditional student hoping to find a new career path. Through his involvement at CSCC he was exposed to research & development and found opportunities for internships at OSU in a Biophysics lab and with the State of Ohio in a consumer goods compliance lab. Michael gained unique experiences in research and development and is now working for P&G as a Product Designer and Product Researcher. Michael is in his last year of school pursing a Bachelor of Science in Data Analytics.

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Thyanne Garcia 

Nutrition and Dietetics Major

Thyanne Garcia is a current student at Columbus State Community College pursuing a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics with the Registered Dietician Nutritionist credential in mind. She is studying social media marketing on her own spare time with the end goal of being a credible source specializing in Nutrition and Dietetics to do social media and marketing for RDN private practices. This way she could advertise seamlessly to spread information for other private practices in hopes to make more people aware of their health and well-being while the practicing RDN is focused on helping the patient. Thyanne would like to alleviate the load of social media marketing of nutrition and dietetic practices by working specifically for them.

T. Garcia