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Summer Technology Services Internship Lead to UCPS Employment Opportunity For One
The students have exited the schools for the summer but there is no break for Technology Services staff and their list of pending tasks prior to students returning to classrooms. In addition to daily operational tasks, an emphasis has been placed on repairing and updating Chromebooks in use throughout the district and also provisioning Chromebooks for classroom use in grades 3-5. Teacher devices, as needed, are being repaired in the depot.
Additionally, with the help of the Maintenance Department, the majority of Netbooks are being collected from numerous elementary schools.
For its third consecutive summer, Technology Services has hired 10 summer interns to assist with various tasks within the department. This program has not only contributed to reducing the summer task load but has also cultivated interest in IT and employment within the district itself. Cody Helms, a UCPS graduate and summer intern for 2 years, has recently accepted a position within Technology Services as a Desktop Support Engineer, “I wouldn’t have known half the information I currently know without the exposure to various tasks during my summer internships.” Under supervision from various Desktop Support Engineers throughout the past two summer internships, Cody expanded his IT knowledge relating to hardware and Chromebook repairs.
Cody graduated from CATA and completed coursework associated with the IT Academy housed at the school. In addition to core classes, Cody took specialized classes in Networking and Computer Engineering. He had hands on experience with CISCO routers and switches in addition to troubleshooting and repairing devices. “I would have never even considered this job in the district had it not been for the summer program and the academy; both have prepared me for my current position,” said Helms.
Cody currently has his A+ Certification test scheduled and will be attending CPCC in the fall to continue his higher level education with a concentration in computer hardware.
Written by: Rebecca Swiger - Instructional Technology Facilitator
Posted: Jun 22, 2015 by Rebecca Swiger