High-Tech Teaching at Owego-Apalachin

Published 03/04 2014 04:34PM

Updated 03/04 2014 05:20PM

A group of students in the Owego-Aplachin School district are learning computer networking skills. The students are part of the Cisco Networking Academy at Owego Free Academy, which is designed to help them learn how to build and maintain networks in homes and businesses.

"It certainly gives them the skills to be successful in a networking career. I know here in Owego they actually hire some of the students in the IT department so they're actually working with some of the IT professionals upstairs," said tech ed teacher Stephen Smithers.

About a dozen students work for O-A. Part of that work includes setting up and tearing down machines among other things.

"I've always had an interest in computers and electronics and all that. I've just been wanting to learn how to make my own servers or design a web page and just fix computers," said Austin Gorick. "We've also learned how to basically design the computers from the inside and out and how to program them."

"They get into setting up a networking, so obviously a lot of routing and switching," said Smithers. "They're dealing with IP addresses and all that type of stuff. They're really designing the network and getting to the point where they can build it and maintain it themselves."

The goal is to educate the students so they can get entry level jobs in the technology field when they graduate.

For students who are interested in more computer courses, Broome-Tioga BOCES offers several including those involving network systems analysis, computer aided design and 3D animation, and computer support. College credits are available for some of those courses.

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