Sunday, February 24, 2008

HSCC Alumni Student Khalia Braswell is National Academy Foundation Winner


Khalia Braswell is a High School Computer Competition (HSCC) alumni from our BDPA Charlotte chapter. She competed in national competition held in Washington DC last year. We were pleased to learn that she continues to excel in her senior year at a high-tech magnet program at Philip O. Berry Academy of Technology. Braswell is a student in the Academy of Information Technology at Berry, and Wachovia just hired her to work part-time on its network engineering team while she finishes school.

“It’s a huge opportunity and a way for me to get a step ahead on my future,” said Khalia.

That’s not all. Khalia’s experience in the academy helped her get into two top universities, opportunities to win scholarships and a trip to New York City to meet leaders from some of the world’s top companies. Khalia has been accepted to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Virginia Tech. She’s still waiting to hear from Georgia Tech.

Khalia interned with Wachovia last summer on the bank’s network engineering team. As part of the job, she partnered with the project manager, writing updates for project plans and updating the team’s Web site.

“Now Wachovia’s offered me a part-time job, so I can learn more and get real experience,” said Khalia.

The Wachovia internship could also help Khalia pay for college. NAF offers college scholarships to outstanding students. Khalia wrote about her internship and was one of three students invited to participate at the National Academy Foundation Gala Dinner in New York City Dec. 10. She is shown in this photo with American Express CEO Kenneth Chennault.

“I couldn’t believe it when I got the call,” she said. “I had never been to New York before!”

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8 comments:

Justin Grant said...

P.O.B. on the map!!!

Erika said...

Aw Khalia!! Im so proud of you!!!

Villager said...

Justin and Erika - Hopefully we can get young Khalia here online to share a few words (smile)! In the meantime, are either of you in the BDPA training program?

Khalia Braswell said...

Thanks for the love!!!

I appreciate it all!!

Villager said...

Khalia - Please keep us informed of your career moves. Will you be coming to the 30th annual BDPA conference later this year in Atlanta?

Anonymous said...

Khalia I'm very proud of you & all your accomplishments!!! I'm sure you will continue to Excel in everything you want to do...you make me proud to be your MOM !!!!!

Khalia Braswell said...

Unfortunately no. I am starting school at NC State in July so I will not be able to travel with the Charlotte team.

Also, I received a scholarship from the 100 Black Men of Charlotte today!!

Villager said...

Khalia - Congratualions on the 100 Black Men of Charlotte scholarship! That is wonderful news....