Mt. Vernon High School (MVHS) students interested in technology are now getting hands-on experience and a head-start in what could become their future career. The new “MVHS Tech Team” comprised of six students, meet daily during SRT (Student Resource Time) for 30 minutes to help the school technology department support MVHS students and staff with Chromebooks and Google Apps. A secondary goal is to work on new technology projects, including creating new help desk documents to aid students/staff as they troubleshoot Google Apps.
The student Tech Team, comprised of five boys and one girl, began meeting just before Spring Break and made their team’s central headquarters in the MVHS library. There they are currently learning how to enroll Chromebooks which consists of: applying ID tags on new Chromebooks, registering the device, running updates and connecting to Mt. Vernon’s wireless network (which ensures filtering through MVCSC). These new Chromebooks are needed as either replacements, or are earmarked for the constant flow of newly enrolled students at Mt. Vernon High School.
Tech Team member Aaron Rush states, “This is my future career and is a really cool form of job preparation. I get to learn what goes on in the technology area of schools and what many companies use. I think I’m making the right career choice and am glad I am doing this.” Rush intends to begin his Computer Science major next fall at Purdue.
The Student Tech Team will eventually be working on other projects such as implementing an electronic student check-in/out system at the library using Google Forms. Teachers will have access to the form and can view when their students arrive and leave. MVHS Media Specialist, Alyson Zelencik states, “I am really looking forward to the tech team becoming more involved. It will be helpful to have additional student tech support so the library staff can focus on growing programs and efforts within the library.”
Greg Rollo, Director of Technology states, “The Tech Team will eventually manage our technology help desk for students. The students receive hands-on experience that can be instrumental in their future careers. Their assistance will help the technology department’s staff stay on top of the multiple issues students have with their Chromebooks. The program may eventually expand to summer positions and possibly a class for credit as well.”
The MVHS Tech Team consists of: Seth Luke, Aaron Vodney, Matthew Bauchert, Aaron Rush, Matthew Massey and Mallory Harrison.