Computer technology students at Western Nevada Community College and area community/business "techies" will have a chance to sample the high-end Microsoft technology possibilities in person when the Microsoft Across America bus stops at the Carson City and Fallon campuses January 17-19.
The bus will be on campus from noon to 4 p.m. at WNCC Carson City on Tuesday-Wednesday, Jan. 17-18, and at WNCC Fallon on Thursday, Jan. 19. It will also be parked outside the Carson Mall on South Carson Street on Monday, Jan. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.
Sponsored by JFG Systems, Inc., of Carson City, the opportunity to bring the bus to the area was a chance to offer something interesting and helpful to the community. "We wanted to do this as a community service," said Cheryle Schaum of JFG Systems. "It gives WNCC students and the community the chance to try out the types of sophisticated software and hardware that's available in networking and information technology today."
It also provides WNCC students and potential students the chance to see the latest in the server and networking technology that the college's information technology programs teach, noted Computer Technology Instructor Michael Long.
"Bringing the Microsoft bus here generates excitement around the topics that we teach," he said, pointing to the college's degree and certificate programs in Computer Technology, Networking, Convergence Technology, Electronics Technology and Computer Science. Those programs teach students how to support and develop small to advanced computer networks.
Schaum said the bus is loaded with interactive Microsoft products and large screens that visitors can interact with, and is staffed by a specialist who can answer questions.
Long said Microsoft already has a strong relationship with WNCC, offering the latest software at no cost to students in the college's Information Technology programs for their educational use. Those students, as well as potential students, network administrators, computer programmers, and support technicians in the community, will all find the Microsoft Bus a great opportunity to learn about the technology field.
"We are excited to have top-of-the-line equipment and facilities for teaching Microsoft networking topics," said Emily White, a WNCC instructor of Computer Information Technology, as well as a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and Microsoft Certified Trainer. "I've taught MCSE and MCSA classes at the college for years and have prepared many administrators and technicians who have landed great jobs and moved upward in the field."
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