Jacob D. McCarty to receive Young Alumni Achievement Award

Jacob D. McCarty will be honored at the annual awards banquet during Homecoming festivities at Potomac State College of WVU on October 31 where he will receive the Young Alumni Achievement Award.

McCarty, a native of Weston, WV and a first-generation college graduate, received his associate of arts in electrical engineering from Potomac State College of West Virginia University in 2002, where he served as student body president and stage manager for two of Potomac State’s largest theater productions. While serving as student body president McCarty led a fundraiser to benefit the American Red Cross Liberty Relief Fund in aid of the 9/11 disaster relief totaling more than 25,000 dollars in just two weeks, the largest student organization fundraiser in Potomac State College’s history.

Jacob D. McCarty

Jacob D. McCarty

McCarty continued his education at West Virginia University where he simultaneously earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, and a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering in 2005. He would then apply his passion for software security as a West Virginia University graduate student, completing his master’s degree in computer science while also earning his graduate certificate in computer forensics in 2007.

During a West Virginia University career fair, McCarty caught the attention of QSS Group Inc. which led to an internship opportunity that helped him grow as a professional, while gaining a further understanding of what he had learned in school.

Since interning for QSS Group Inc., he has continued his professional development, and achieved the coveted Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) credential from the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC) 2. .  He has held progressively more responsible positions as a contractor providing Cybersecurity support to US Federal Government Agencies including: Department of Transportation, US Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense. He is currently employed by TISTA Science and Technology Corporation.

McCarty has also dedicated more than 16 years of service as a volunteer for The American Legion Mountaineer Boys State as both the Information Technology Director and an (ISC) ² Safe and Secure Online Instructor. He devotes much of his time to celebrating veterans and American Legion affiliates. He even provides yearly training to more than 2,500 Berkley County students by teaching the proper means of handling and respecting the American Flag.

McCarty credits his professional successes to his constant community involvement, and above all else, finds that his civic envelopment is the most rewarding aspect of his blossoming career. 

McCarty is a current member of the PSC Alumni Board.

Reservations for the awards banquet are required and must be made by October 16 by contacting Derek Artimez at 304-788-6870 or dartimez@mail.wvu.edu. The Dinner will be held in the Davis Conference Center, starting at 5 p.m. for social and dinner will start at 5:30 p.m. The cost for dinner is $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.