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Kevin Nolten, MBA

What I do now:
I serve as Director of Academic Outreach for the Cyber Innovation Center, and oversee the operations of the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC).

My work/job consists of:
NICERC, an organization funded by a multi-million dollar federal grant, is charged with developing STEM, cyber, and computer science curricula, professional development, and other resources for K-12 educators, school districts, and state departments of education across the country.

Path to my current career position (how I got from the past to the present):
My roots go deep in the Shreveport/Bossier community as I have spent all 32 years of my life straddling the mighty Red River. As a newborn, I entered this world at Schumpert Hospital, then headed up Fairfield Avenue for preschool at Schumpert Daycare. I spent the next nine years at St. Joseph Catholic School before heading to Caddo Parish Magnet High School. I completed my formal education at Louisiana State University in Shreveport where in 6 years time, I earned both undergraduate and masters degrees. Following graduation, I began my professional career in the Shreveport/Bossier City area working as the Director of Marketing and Development, and eventually Assistant Principal, at St. Joseph Catholic School. Following a tenure in the school system, I joined the Cyber Innovation Center.

How I got to LSUS (or why I chose LSUS):
The reason I chose LSUS was very simple - the faculty and staff were there to support the students. The small class sizes and individualized learning provided me with the foundation needed to launch my professional career. In addition, LSUS not only taught me what it takes to succeed academically, but how to be a good and productive citizen of this community.

Fond memories of LSUS:
My fondest memory of LSUS was being involved in the LSUS Rotaract Club. This student organization was instrumental in teaching college students how to give back to the community. The team of students organized several "Black Tie... or Not... Benefit Balls" that raised money for the Shreveport Bossier Rescue Mission.

LSUS Faculty who helped me:
The School of Business. There are so many people I could mention, but there are a few shining stars who went above and beyond the call of duty to help me during my time at LSUS: Mr. Wayne Hogue, Dr. Charlotte Jones, Dr. Stan Hays, Dr. Tim Shaughnessy, and Dr. Felice Williams.

How LSUS helped me succeed:
LSUS prepared me to be a well-rounded professional. Academics were important, and I felt LSUS prepared me for the challenges in the workplace. However, LSUS, and specifically the professors mentioned above, helped me be a professional whose ethics, morals, and motivations are aligned to doing right within the business setting.

Advice to college-bound students:
My advice to any college-bound student is simple - become fully involved in your college career. You have an opportunity to go to class to learn, but be sure to embrace the opportunity to be remarkable in your community.

Advice to someone who wants to enter my field:
Education is key to the sustainability and scalability of our nation's economic base. If we don't have educators who will be teaching the next generation's workforce, we are doomed as a society. Teachers are the first line of defense and the most important players in our economy.

Tips on choosing a major or career:
My tip on choosing a major is to choose something you are passionate about. I, with confidence, can say that I never feel like I'm "going to work," because I love what I do. Find your passion, embrace your passion, and you will never "work" a day in your life.

My toughest professional challenge:
My toughest professional challenge has been competing for our federal grant dollars every five years. This competition forces my organization to execute at peak performance every day and to demonstrate our successes to the government.

My toughest personal challenge:
My toughest personal challenge has been, and will continue to be, maintaining a healthy work/life balance.

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