Belmont’s Rachelle Holloman, a senior ISM major and computer science minor, was named Nashville Technology Council’s 2011 IT Student of the Year. Holloman, along with Belmont student runner-up Jordan Bennett, was notified of her award at the organization’s annual October Awards Gala.
The award is based not only on experience in the IT field but also considers community involvement, leadership and academic achievement in the selection process.
Holloman said the combination of her ISM major and computer science minor has been beneficial to her success. The pairing of the two emphases has given her a technical background as well as a business background, which Holloman said is exactly what corporations are looking for.
Holloman is also grateful for her experience working with the Nashville Technology Council as their student congress president alongside Belmont alumna Jessica McDougal. She said that the council is working to get more students involved in technology not just at Belmont, but in Nashville as a whole so students can understand how Nashville is “becoming a center for technology.”
Holloman hopes to speak to female IT students everywhere through the winning of this award to show that anyone can be successful in IT and it doesn’t have to be seen as a male-dominated career. Ultimately, Holloman plans to graduate in August 2012 and run her own IT consulting firm helping small to mid-size businesses with their technology needs.