Congratulations to Kaitlyn Bestenheider '17 and Professor John Watkins '01.
Kaitlyn was recently presented with the Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) Rising Leadership Award 2019. After graduating from SUNY Purchase with a bachelor's degree in theater and performance, she came to WCC to study computers. When she found herself struggling in her pursuit of her studies, she spoke to her adviser who encouraged her to continue and not give up on her goals. He encouraged her to learn from her failures and to focus on finding the resolutions to problems she encountered along the way. His encouragement and leadership has led to her success in the field.
Kaitlyn currently works as a cybersecurity consultant and she thanks her professor and mentor, John Watkins, for the influence he had on her success.
After WCC, Kaitlyn went on to Pace University where she graduated last year with a Master's in Information Systems with a concentration in security. Her professor, John Watkins, continues to chair the cybersecurity program at WCC and to lead today's students in the successful pursuit of their degree with innovative teaching and continued encouragement.