West Kentucky Community and Technical College will host its annual IT Connect, an information technology (IT) conference to bring together avid IT professionals to showcase the region's best companies and to share about IT careers within the region.

IT Connect will be held in the college's Clemens Fine Arts Center and throughout campus from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15. This year's theme is "Where IT Meets You," and the conference aims to provide a networking opportunity for alumni, new and potential students, industry and the public.

The keynote speakers are Wes Spencer and Wes Kerr.

Spencer is a nationally recognized technology innovator and cybersecurity expert. He is the chief information security officer of Florida's Perch Security, a co-managed threat detection and response platform backed by an in-house Security Operations Center. As the senior executive for the company, Spencer focuses on internal and external cybersecurity. The title of his presentation is "Cybersecurity in the Modern Era: Threats, Opportunities and a Rewarding Career."

Kerr is a Murray State University graduate from the Telecommunications Systems Management program, and has worked in Kentucky and all over the nation to help bring better connectivity to rural communities. He serves as the director for Community Solutions, where he focuses on solutions for access, adoption and use of broadband and connected technologies. The title of Kerr's presentation is "Connections," and he will examine and discuss connectivity.

Other speakers include Jeff Nelson of the Computer Services Inc., Bruce Lunde of Sprocket Paducah, Willie Kerns of Connected Nation, Andy Adams of Four Rivers Nuclear Partnerships/Twin Rivers Investigations, Jay Orazine of Baptist Health Paducah and Steve Smith of the Kentucky State Police Hazardous Device Unit.

Conference details can be found on the WKCTC website at westkentucky.kctcs.edu/news-and-events/it-connect.aspx.

For more information, contact conference coordinator Kate Senn at Catherine.Senn@kctcs.edu or 270-534-3143.

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