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Mark Sorrells stands in the middle of a classroom with Cyber Threat maps on digital displays behind him.

FTCC President Dr. Mark Sorrells discusses FTCC’s cyber security program with military leaders. [Photo by Brad Losh]

Fayetteville Technical Community College President Dr. Mark Sorrells has been named the NC TECH Association’s Tech Difference Maker of the Year.

NC TECH is a not-for-profit, membership-driven technology trade association with a membership of more than 600 companies, organizations and institutions employing more than 200,000 workers in North Carolina.

The association’s individual awards recognize executives and stakeholders based in North Carolina for their accomplishments and impact in the tech industry. Winners will be celebrated at a gala Nov. 1 in Raleigh.

Sorrells was recognized for his work as FTCC President, which includes his role in helping to found and launch the Carolina Cyber Network.

CCN is a collaborative workforce development initiative through several of North Carolina’s cybersecurity educational institutions designed to meet the growing talent needs of the state’s public agencies and private businesses.

FTCC and the Carolina Cyber Center of Montreat College, both of which hold designations as Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Education by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security, joined to establish CCN. Since then, 16 other higher education institutions have joined the initiative.

Sorrells recently delivered a presentation on CCN and North Carolina’s innovation in cyber education at the National Cybersecurity Education Colloquium in Illinois.