By the members and director of Rockettech
On October 22 students of both Mr. Suter and Mrs. Klass' classes attended a tour of BGSU to learn more about jobs in the technology field. We talked to several different people about positions that the campus itself hired, and about courses they offered that could better prepare you for a job in that field. First we toured the room that houses the entire school's network. It had rows and rows of hard drives and other equipment, as well as three giant cooling systems. They had organized the equipment into "hot" and "cold" aisles, so as to better control the temperature of the hardware and keep it from overheating. We talked to one of the people in charge of managing all this equipment, and he told us that the network they use is constantly expanding and increasing in size in order to keep up with the digital age. He also mentioned that for a job like his, the best kinds of skills to have are mostly logic and problem-solving based, and that English and documentation skills can also be very useful.
While in that area we also explored the room that housed all of the campus' digital forensics equipment, which was behind a door locked by a hand-scanner. The room also had a computer with several monitors that watched the internet and network usage on campus, and watched for what viruses and malware may be on any computers in the school's network. On top of watching their network activity, the digital forensics department also worked with the police occasionally to investigate any suspicious electronic devices. They had equipment that would allow them all of the files, messages, etc. that were on any computer, phone, or tablet, even if they'd been deleted.
After we had finished that part of the tour, we went through the college and observed some of the technology-oriented degrees they had. These included Visual Communications and Technology, Engineering Technology, and Construction Management. The biggest thing that all three of these programs had in common was that they all had a lot of hands-on experience involved in their courses. While we were touring the Visual Communications Technology area were lucky enough to talk to John, a VCT student. He told us how important it was to stay on the edge of your comfort zone, and not be afraid to leave it, as well as that you don't have to be limited by your setting. Also, while we were looking at the Construction Management area we mixed little cups of cement into concrete and learned a bit about the chemical reactions that cause the cement to harden.
Overall it was a very interesting and informative visit, as it not only helped us understand the details of some tech-related jobs, but it also gave us some more in-depth information about some of the programs offered at BGSU, which could prove helpful to those who are considering it as an option for college.
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