The Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC) Ashland campus recently completed a project that involved replacing all of the campus network switches. This project was special because it involved students who are part of the IT Projects Club and are enrolled in the IT Network programs, which are supported through the Department of Labor TAACCCT 3 INTERFACE Project. Eight members of the club came to WITC on Sunday, October 23, 2016, when the campus was closed, and worked under the leadership of Pat McCullough, Network Technician at the Ashland campus.
Network switches are used to connect campus devices to the college network. When you connect a device to the wired or wireless network on campus, it connects to a network switch. It was critical that this project was completed properly, as staff and students needed to connect to the network on Monday morning.
The whole project took over seven hours to complete, and the work was completed in a professional manner. The network is functioning beautifully and the wiring racks are very neat and orderly. The students benefited by gaining real knowledge while improving the network that they rely on to complete their classroom projects. The college also benefited by using fewer staff resources.