What better way to get experience troubleshooting IT issues than to work on actual technology? URConnected! Inc. at Career Quest Learning Centers gives students in the IT Program a unique opportunity to run their own mock company on the school’s Lansing campus. Set up to replicate an real business, the URConnected! model allows IT students to serve fellow Career Quest students and faculty with their newly developing skillset.
“It’s set up like an actual business,” explains IT instructor Nate Kretzschmer. Nate says it’s run like an IT company with all the correct policies, procedures, and paperwork in place. “We have a VP, team leaders, managers, technicians, and field techs. They work together and service one another’s IT needs, but also other students and staff members.”
According to Nate, URConnected! is the go-to department for problems with printers and email accounts, and other technology. UrConnected! members also provide tech training to students in other programs. For example, if a Medical Assistant student needs a bit of help navigating the classroom portal, an IT student from URConnected! becomes an important resource. If that MA student can’t access email or needs help with hardware or software, one of the URConnected! staff is at their disposal.
“Not only are we providing a great service; we’re also fostering a real sense of community,” says Nate. “And the students get to hone their skills for the future when they are out working in the industry.”
Nate says Chuck Dunn is one of the IT program’s star students. He’s been “an amazing asset” and the program is lucky to have him, says Nate. An important member of the Career Quest community, Chuck is also a URConnected! Server and Linux Side Manager.
“It’s been a great opportunity,” says Chuck.
Chuck spends a lot of time at UrConnected!. He says that even though his actual program only requires him to be on campus two days a week, he’s at the school just about every weekday.
Studying new skills so he can build a new career, Chuck says that Career Quest was a first choice. He had explored community college but felt as if all the prerequisites required there were just a detour to where he wanted to be: on the job. Once he graduates in October, Chuck hopes to find employment in a large IT department. He’s already made contacts and is eager for that next step.
“This has been a challenging experience,” says Chuck, “but worth it.”
If you want to get IT training where you can apply what you learn right away, check out the programs at Career Quest Learning Centers. Our blended learning combines on-campus and online instruction and you can complete your Network Administration certification program in as little as 8 months or earn your Associate’s Degree in Network Administration in as little as 15 months. Which one is right for you and your future? Give us a call in Lansing at 877-481-4930 or check out the Jackson campus at 877-365-8144.