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Alumni Spotlight- Jamie Hott

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Surry Community College alumni James “Jamie” Allen Hott is utilizing the Information Technology degree he earned at Surry Community College as a Product Support Specialist at Noregon Systems in Greensboro while also working as a freelance designer.

Hott graduated from the Surry Early College in 2012 and continued his education at Surry Community College before pursuing a career. He studied Advertising and Graphic Design in his early college years earning a degree in August 2012. Then, he went on to earn a degree in Information Technology and a Web Design certificate in December 2014 from SCC.

“I was on the SCC campus for about seven years from my time in the early college to the time I went back to do game design. That program teetered out, so I switched to Information Technology. I had a good part of my life on that campus and saw the campus change along with me,” says Hott.

“The graphic design program was really great, and I had an incredible time there. The teachers were great and encouraging. Jay Smith, Kevin Dezern, Susan MacLeoud, and James Penn were all great teachers that I had the pleasure of knowing over my years there,” says Hott. “If I'm ever back in town, I'd love to visit with some of the staff and say hello. I had a great time and learned so much.”

Hott worked at the Mount Airy News from 2015 to 2017. He decided to move to Greensboro when he was laid off. The move paid off; he got a job at the Greensboro News & Record and received a second-place award for Best Small Ad in the Mid-Atlantic N.A.M.E. Competition as a graphic artist.

In his spare time, Hott enjoys watching older animation to learn more about the drawings and how they were made to mimic movement. He also builds models and paints them with an airbrush and enjoys playing video games.

He says he would recommend Surry Community College to others. “It is affordable, and some of the programs are really good. The Graphic Design program was next level, and it felt like it really helped me out.”

Hott plans to continue working on his artistic skills. “While I'm pretty good at making something appealing to the eye, I think I would like to explore my more artistic side and be in a gallery someday.”

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