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Four Degrees of Adaptation: IT Alum Networks With Students

Holding up his smartphone, Daniel J. Clarke recalls those who thought email was a fad and pagers were here to stay.
Holding up his smartphone, Daniel J. Clarke recalls those who thought email was a fad and pagers were here to stay.
A multiple Penn College graduate shares real-world perspective with humor and insight.
A multiple Penn College graduate shares real-world perspective with humor and insight.
Smaller devices make for a smaller world, as Clarke can interact globally without leaving Pennsylvania.
Smaller devices make for a smaller world, as Clarke can interact globally without leaving Pennsylvania.
Alumnus Clarke draws a rosy employment picture for Penn College students, outlining the breathtaking speed with which technology alters everything from education to health care.
Alumnus Clarke draws a rosy employment picture for Penn College students, outlining the breathtaking speed with which technology alters everything from education to health care.

A Camp Hill-based Cisco systems engineer made his fourth campus presentation Thursday – one return visit for each of the information technology degrees (two associate and two baccalaureate) Daniel J. Clarke earned from Penn College in 2007 – to talk with students about their job prospects in an increasingly networked world. While noting that technology moved from the locomotive to a lunar landing in less than 200 years, the proliferation of devices (smartphones, tablets, devices talking to one another in an “Internet of Things”) will truly transform the way we work, live, play and learn. “You’re living in a fascinating time, a time of perpetual change,” Clarke told a standing-room-only crowd in Room E140 of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center.”Don’t get your heart set on just one thing. Get good at something, yes, then get good at adapting.” Students in a number of majors attended the talk, sponsored by the Cisco Networking Academy with assistance from the college’s Alumni Relations Office.

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