ND grad Vonica Molock sets up student success conference

Submitted to Dorchester Banner
Voncia Molock

CAMBRIDGE — The news from schools in Dorchester County hasn’t been good lately. Voncia Molock has a plan to change that.

She has organized a Student Success Conference on Jan. 18, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Chesapeake College Cambridge Center, aimed at middle school and high school students from Dorchester County and beyond — and parents are encouraged to attend as well.

Ms. Molock said, “I’m just a girl from Puckum but education has taken me around the world.” She says she just wants “to help other students as I was helped in my education and my journey.”

She herself is surely a great example of how hard work and community support can help students succeed. In 1984, she graduated as valedictorian from North Dorchester High School. She went on to study electronics engineering technology at DeVry Institute of Technology in Ohio, where she had “a lot of support and scholarship money from Dorchester County.”

She started her career at AT&T/Bell Labs, a research center in Columbus, Ohio, held a variety of positions at AT&T and also completed a Master’s degree in management at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. About 15 years ago, she came back to Delmarva, “with a husband and four children,” to work at Perdue Farms Corporate Headquarters in Salisbury, currently as the Senior Manager of IT Operations and Support.

Motivation for the conference began with a book that she wrote, “To Students With Love,” from notes she took about her work experiences and what she would want students to know. Her uncle once said to her, “Niece, if only someone could have made me understand the impact that education could have on my life, I would have taken school more seriously. I wouldn’t have wasted time being the coolest kid. I would have been one of those people carrying around all those books trying to get all the knowledge that I could.”

After hearing her ideas for the conference, her employer stepped up and offered financial sponsorship from the Perdue Foundation. The Dorchester Chamber of Commerce is also assisting. She has enlisted support from her family and network of friends and colleagues — locally and across the country — to talk to students about their careers.

The conference will be free to students and parents and includes lunch as well as door prizes. It will begin by reminding students “how wonderful they are and how they can contribute to their own success,” Ms. Molock said.

Other sessions will include a review of the statistics on how Dorchester County students are doing, a Parents’ Corner about how they can help their students, and resources available to both students and parents.

Students will hear from a panel of professionals from various fields such as law, medicine, engineering, the military, and information technology, and the importance of education in their career paths.

The final take-away for the students will be to develop a vision of their career goals to keep them on the right path. Students or parents can register at: https://forms.gle/KPZzjPzMjfgDn2vE9. For more info: vonciamolock@gmail.com.