Students in the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center's Computer Technology class recently spent a day at Yahoo! in Lockport. Teacher Paul Herrmann and his class were able to tour the data centers and customer care centers. "The students got to explore the server rooms, switch rooms, shipping and receiving and of course how they heat and cool the building," says Mr. Herrmann. "Just a great experience for the Computer Technology students. They get a taste of Information Systems at its grandest scale."
Yahoo! has over a billion consumers and employs over 10,000 around the world. Student Seth Feigel says, "It was interesting to walk around the building and see how they operate everything. They have server rooms filled with racks. A really big shipping and receiving department with things coming in constantly. There were tons of parts." Asked what he wants to do when he graduates he said, "I want to work there!"
Classmate John Thomas says, "It was amazing! We learned a lot about the server rooms. We also learned a little bit of science too. How the heat from the servers go in and up and then they have the cold air come through to make sure that everything is not overheating and such. We saw where all the hardware is stored in the warehouse. They have trucks coming in every single day. There are a lot of boxes. The experience was awesome!"