Be IT: Tech Career Fair & Forum

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Be IT: Tech Career Fair & Forum

Explore the changing face of tech with industry experts!

Learn about Austin’s trailblazing IT scene and discover how you can be a part of it. Join us!


This FREE event includes:

  • A panel Q+A with tech industry leaders in ATX.
  • Information about the hottest tech careers in Central Texas.
  • Access to representatives from ACC’s Computer Science and IT programs.
  • Community partners who can help fund your entire IT degree.
  • Answers about career-training, financial assistance, and time to completion.

IT leaders talk career options during this tech forum:

Wednesday, November 14
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Austin Film Society
6259 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX 78752
(Located inside AFS Cinema, in the Linc Plaza near ACC Highland)


  • Melynda B. Caudle
    • Melynda Claude Melynda B. Caudle, PMP
      Cooper Consulting Company

      Melynda Caudle, President and owner of Cooper Consulting since 2006, has spent the last twenty plus years working hands-on with customers to solve complex legacy migration challenges, provide turn-key outsourced business application delivery, and as her customers say – simply finding the best people to fill key roles on customer projects. These projects cut across regulatory, benefits management, environmental, education, and health data verticals. As the leader of a Women Owned Small Business, Melynda believes in and acts on being customer-focused and has an innate curiosity about what makes people and systems work.  This fuels the results-oriented problem-solving that brings her bliss. Her broad experience working for EDS, IBM, governmental bodies, and now Cooper Consulting has allowed her to work closely with customers, technologists, and people at all levels of those organizations. She maintains her project management professional certification as an indication of her belief in the value of that discipline. She is heavily involved in giving back to the communities that she loves – via board membership and sponsorship of these organizations:Capital Idea, Executive Women in Texas Government, Impact Austin, Austin Women in Technology, The Alternative Board (TAB), Executive Women’s Forum, and Leadership Texas.


  • Larry De La Garza
    • Larry De La GarzaLarry De La Garza
      Sr. Infrastructure Engineer, Austin Waterfront TechBar, Oracle Global IT

      Larry De La Garza runs an "IT Tech Bar" for internal IT support at Oracle. Employees can walk-up and request service for their PC/Mac/phone while enjoying a cup of coffee and our lounge. He was a high school coach in his previous career.
  • Christopher Bunton
    • Chris BuntonChristopher Bunton
      Director of Infrastructure Operations, Texas State Health & Human Services

      Chris is a state IT Leader who has been sharing his real-life industry experience with students, educators, and IT professionals.   He has been in IT over 25 years.     Chris brings real life industry and private sector experience and an in-depth ability in applying technical concepts to reality.  He has held many leadership positions for the state and has served as adjunct for ACC.  He has taught several courses including Cyber Security, Intrusion Detection, TCP/IP, Networking, Linux, and Active Directory courses.
      During the last ten years he has held Infrastructure Director and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) positions for the state.  He currently serves as the Director of Infrastructure and CISO for the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).  
      He has served on several advisory panels, including Technical Advisory Panel –TxDOT. Security Advancement Forum for the Enterprise (SAFE)--DADS, Interview Panel for ACC's current Provost.
      Chris enjoy sharing technical expertise to help people utilize technology for advancement.
  • Sandy Ramirez
    • sandy ramirezSandy McNaul 
      ACC LAN-Cybersecurity Student

      Sandy Ramirez is working woman with multiple jobs, a teenage son, and a plan to become a local area network/cybersecurity specialist. Sandy hopes to graduate from ACC's LAN Program in fall 2019 or spring 2020. In the meantime, she juggles her studies with jobs that give her time for her son and schoolwork. Being a non-traditional student gives her an incentive from life experiences, in pursuing her IT career, as well as wanting security and financial stability in a growing field. It’s her goal to finish what she started and set a good example.
  • Keelee Mosely
    • Keeley MosleyKeelee Mosely
      Senior Development IT Artichecture Lead, Merck

      As a lead software developer with more than 15 years of experience, Keelee has worked as a
      lead developer and as a consultant at several colleges and universities.  Keelee has also worked
      at NASA doing rapid development. Currently, she is leading a development team at Merck.
      Keelee earned her bachelor’s degree in Information Sciences and Technology from Pennsylvania
      State University. She thrives on variety, enjoys learning new technologies, and has a strong
      desire to deliver useful solutions.
  • Chris Stangland
    • Chris StanglandChris Stangland
      Web Manager, Travis County

      Chris Stangland has worked in web design and development since the dark ages, and worked for Travis County since the only slightly less dark ages. He still believes in the power of the web as a transformative, playfield-leveling tool in government. His tangled path led him from a fine arts degree at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston to Harper Collins Publishers in New York City, and finally through to web manager of Travis County.