ESCC Foundation Honors 2017 Distinguished Alumni
The ESCC Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 ESCC Distinguished Alumni awards. This annual award is presented to ESCC alumni in recognition of outstanding professional achievement and community service.
Victoria H. “Tori” Bloxom graduated from ESCC in May 1989 with an Associate’s degree in Electronics Technology. She is a Field Technician for End User IT Support in Technical Services Sector/Network and Infrastructure Solutions for the Virginia Information Technology Agency Partnership. She is responsible for supporting the IT needs of Commonwealth of Virginia agencies across multiple disciplines and platforms, including Telecommunications, Messaging, Networking, Security, Active Directory, Asset Management, Core Software, and agency software installation and troubleshooting. In this position, and for the past 10 years, she has been the sole support for the IT needs of the Commonwealth in both Accomack and Northampton counties (including Tangier and Chincoteague) from Kiptopeke State Park to the DMV Weigh Station in New Church. She has earned numerous credentials in her field, including Microsoft Windows and Server Installation and Administration, Diagnostic Tools Training for Desktops, Workstations, and Notebooks, and various HP and Dell certifications. She has served on several boards and committees including March of Dimes WalkAmerica, Eastern Shore Literacy Council, Eastern Shore Yacht and Country Club, and Broadwater Academy, where she was awarded the Broadwater Academy Volunteer of the Year in 2014. Tori says her favorite faculty member was her advisor, Gene Trent, whose guidance led her to enroll in ESCC’s Electronics program and to become the first part-time co-op student at NASA Wallops Flight Facility. Tori credits ESCC with launching her into a successful career due to vigilant faculty support and strong ties to local technology giants Perdue and NASA Wallops Flight Facility.
Bernita Justis earned an Associate’s degree in Electronics Technology from ESCC in 1987 and went on to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Science in 1990 from Salisbury State University. She is currently employed with LJT and Associates as a Journeyman Electronics Technician, where she builds and tests TM systems for the NASA Sounding Rocket Program and teaches Cable, Crimp, and Harness class. She was part of a payload team that received a Guinness World Record for most rocket engines on a single flight launched in Norway in 2015 and recently received a 25-year Service Award from NASA as a contract employee. Bernita says her favorite faculty members were Jerry Fluharty, due to his patience in Calculus class, and Gene Trent, the guidance counselor who suggested she take Electronics classes. Her best memory at ESCC is of working in the Library with the wonderful staff there. Bernita says that ESCC gave her the foundation she needed to work in the field that she chose. She resides in Hallwood and is an active member of Metompkin Baptist Church in Parksley.
The ESCC Foundation Board of Directors and the faculty and staff of the College congratulate Tori and Bernita for all of their accomplishments.
Distinguished Alumni Bernita Justis and Tori Bloxom