From Student to Staff – Josh Snyder, CFA ’08

For Technology Systems Administrator, Josh Snyder, Cape Fear Academy is more than just a place to work. Snyder attended Cape Fear Academy from pre kindergarten through 12th grade.

“I’ve always been interested in computers,” said Snyder, who was a graduate of the Class of 2008.

Throughout high school at Cape Fear Academy, he started building his career from his interest in technology. He enrolled in independent study courses that taught him various computer programs, how to set up laptop computers and class presentations, the basics in tech support and programming at Cape Fear Academy.

“I had a lot of responsibility as a high school student,” he said. “I got a lot of experience and it helped me get jobs as well.”

He went on to attend High Point University and remembers applying for an information technology (IT) job on campus there.

“I had past job experience in IT that put me in front of other people who were applying as well,” he said.

Last spring as he prepared to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer information systems from High Point University, he applied for and was offered the system administrator position at Cape Fear Academy. At the time he had another job offer for a company in Greensboro that he had met at a college job fair.

He chose to come back and work at his alma mater because it afforded him the best opportunity to develop his technology skills in a variety of aspects from server work to networking.

“I felt like this was a better start for my career,” he said. “[Plus,] I got to work with people I knew and come back to somewhere I love.”

The technology has significantly grown at Cape Fear Academy since he was a student five years ago. The school will launch a new one-to-one program in the fall that will provide a laptop to every student from 3rd to 12th grade. But Snyder thinks the coolest new technology the school now offers are SMART Boards. In a kindergarten class recently, he watched in amazement as the students learned how to write on the SMART Board.

“They were having a lot of fun,” he said. “The SMART Boards are very engaging especially for the little kids. I wish I had that when I was coming through.”

Despite all of the new advances in technology that Snyder has seen as a student and now as a staff member, one of his most memorable experiences at Cape Fear Academy was one that was entirely unplugged – the Outward Bound trip for seniors. He remembers the bonding experience of hiking in the mountains with seven classmates and a teacher for three days navigating with a map, compass and an experienced guide.

“That was one of my fondest experiences,” he said.

Cape Fear Academy has been a leader in the educational community of southeastern North Carolina since 1967. Known for its academic excellence and outstanding college preparatory program, the pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade curriculum emphasizes hands-on learning across academic disciplines. For more information, visit www.capefearacademy.org or call (910) 791-0287.