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Herkimer BOCES Information Technology Academy provides immersive college experience for high-schoolers
Nov. 19, 2015


ITA network administration students
Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Information Technology Academy senior students taking the network administration program pause to pose for a picture while working on a lab on Thursday, Nov. 19, to set up peer-to-peer networks. Pictured here, from left to right: Nathan Florin, of Little Falls; Nathan Miller, of Little Falls, and David Gotman, of Herkimer. The two-year ITA program provide students with 29 college credits and is now located on the Herkimer College campus.



HERKIMER – The Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Information Technology Academy already provided students with college credits while in high school, but starting this school year, ITA students now also take their classes on the Herkimer College campus.

The location joins with the way the ITA classes operate to further introduce the high-school juniors and seniors to what college is like, Herkimer BOCES ITA instructor Andrew Carpenter said.

“I think it gives them an idea of the whole college experience without overwhelming them because they’re only here for a few hours each day and just have one teacher,” Carpenter said. “But they’re being exposed to the atmosphere of a college campus and taking college courses.”

The ITA offers two programs, network administration and business management, which students take for two years while juniors and seniors in high school. Seniors attend the ITA program in the Technology Building at Herkimer College in the mornings, and juniors attend in the afternoon.

Thursday, Nov. 19, was a busy day in the class that served as an example of the targeted and hands-on learning students receive in the program. Business management seniors heard from a guest speaker on traditional advertising media, while network administration seniors worked on a lab to set up a dual system of Windows 7 and Ubuntu and hook up peer-to-peer computer networks.

Through each of the programs, students earn 29 college credits that can be used for Herkimer College or transfer possibilities.

“They leave high school with 29 credits, so they can go to college for another year and have their associate degree,” Carpenter said.

ITA network administration student David Gotman, a senior of Herkimer, said it has been an adjustment moving the ITA from the Herkimer BOCES location to Herkimer College, but he thinks having the ITA on the college campus might make students more interested in joining. It’s a good program that opens doors to many technology-related fields, he said.

“Anyone should take it really,” Gotman said. “It’s basically half an associate degree, two semesters of college credit.”

Gotman said he plans to go into computer science and minor in networking and cyber security. He is expecting to go to Herkimer College next year to complete his associate degree and then transfer to a four-year college.

The lab that network administration students worked on during the Thursday, Nov. 19, class was done using computers students built from a computer shell and parts during their junior year. The lab helps students learn some of the duties they would have as the administrator of a network and leads to a later lab when students will set up a network through a server, Carpenter said.

ITA business management student Moriah Roper, of Frankfort-Schuyler, said she partly misses being at the BOCES location, but she recognizes the benefits of being at the college.

“We do get to see the college setting,” Roper said. “The program is great.”

The ITA uses a virtual and online learning platform, so students can go online to submit assignments, take quizzes, get quiz results in real time and work on assignments on their own or from home if they miss class, Carpenter said. The ITA also prepares students for various certification tests they can take and provides practice certification tests, he said.

Business management students have a variety of fields they could go into, Carpenter said. The business management program also can be beneficial to anyone – especially students who might be interested in opening their own business, he said.

Network administration students could go into an entry-level position such as with a cable or phone company, but the program is designed more as preparation for additional college, Carpenter said. Students could go into fields such as hardware, networking, computer science, programming and making video games, he said.

“They have options,” he said.




ITA business management students
Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Information Technology Academy senior students taking the business management program pose for a picture during class on Thursday, Nov. 19. Pictured, from left to right: Mikayla Blumenstock, of Poland; Moriah Roper, of Frankfort-Schuyler, and Kailey Sweet, of Poland. The two-year ITA program provide students with 29 college credits and is now located on the Herkimer College campus.




Herkimer College Technology Building
The Herkimer College Technology Building, pictured here, is now also home to the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Information Technology Academy. High-school students join the ITA for two years as juniors and seniors and leave with 29 college credits.









 
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