The Computer Technology students at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center have been hard at work using the skills they picked up in junior year to set up the class's computer lab.
The students, who are taught by Paul Herrmann, spent their junior year learning the basic concepts of the peripherals and components of a computer, printer management and networking. They acquired knowledge on motherboards, storage media, memory, operating systems antivirus protection, troubleshooting, Cisco Business Management Systems and help desk management. Now in the first week of school they are putting that knowledge into practice. "I have students who are wiring the whole room and running all the network cable. The kids are also punching down on gold pens," explains Mr. Herrmann. "They have been learning about networking and how the lines works and how they get plugged into a switch. I also have students that are formatting and building all the computers and getting them all up and running for a workable lab."
The class is extremely popular as Mr. Herrmann has a class of 27 juniors that will be learning the basics this year. "I give all the credit to my seniors. They really enjoy being in this class and talk to the students who are touring the program about what they like about it. So I owe them all the credit for these record breaking numbers."