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Instructor recalls changes in program

Ann Boyd Smith

Halifax Community College (HCC) Office Systems Technology Department will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the college, May 6-12. The curriculum prepares students for positions in administrative support careers. It also equips office professionals to respond to the demands of a dynamic computerized workplace. Technology has made great strides over the years and so has HCC Instructor Ann Boyd Smith, who has been with the Office Systems Technology Program since it started, almost. An instructor for more than 30 years including her time as a sixth-grade English teacher and a Head Start teacher in Gaston, Smith came to HCC to teach in the program on a part-time basis around 1975. Working full-time since the 70's, Smith retired in 2002, according to her, “for about a week,” then returned on a part-time basis. During her tenure, she was the department head for the paralegal, information systems, medical office administration, and office systems programs. A Roanoke Rapids native, she holds a bachelor's degree from Longwood College and a master's degree from Central Michigan University. Her two daughters, E.B. Odum and Missy Odum, and their families also reside in the area. Changes over the years, recalled Smith, include students learning shorthand, which is no longer taught, and typing on a manual typewriter. She now teaches courses in transcription, keyboarding, text editing and office systems. In the current program, students complete courses designed to develop proficiency in the use of integrated software, oral and written communication, analysis and coordination of office duties and systems, and other support issues. Graduates qualify for employment in a variety of positions in business, government, and industry, from entry-level to supervisor and middle management. For more details about Office Systems Technology, contact Business Instructor Monica Simmons at (252) 536-7264.