ROCK BRIDGE: Columbia Area Career Center interns gain valuable experience

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 | 10:15 a.m. CDT

 COLUMBIA — The dilemma: What was making the computers run so slow at the Columbia Area Career Center?

The solution: Bring in two information technology interns from Rock Bridge High School to handle the problem.

Like professionals twice their age, Career Center information technology interns Zane Kullman and Brandon Bramstedt are helping teachers and administrators adapt to the re-imaging of the center's computers.

“There aren't enough tech people for (the) entire district, so anything we can do gets assigned to us,” Kullman said.

The Rock Bridge seniors devote much of their time to solving technology work orders from the Career Center. The work orders are submitted by Career Center faculty or staff having problems with their computers or other devices.

In addition to advanced computer technology, the students are learning communication skills when dealing with work-order customers.

“No one likes calling a tech because calling a tech means something is broken,” Kullman said.

Both Kullman and Bramstedt plan to pursue degrees in college next year involving technology.

Bramstedt said he is looking at the University of Colorado as an option for college. He plans to pursue a degree in computer science information technology with hopes of one day running his own IT business.

Kullman plans to enter the field of engineering at MU.

“I’m looking at MU for computer engineering and hopefully end up working for a company like Boeing with Drone UAV aircraft,” Kullman said.

In addition to the information technology internship, the Career Center also offers a Geospatial Technology course. Students use GIS software to create maps and other geographical information, according to the Career Center's website.

The product of technology like this is used by Google Maps in locating and recording items. 

“GIS, biotechnology and nanotechnology are three of the emerging industries with new jobs,” said Rebecca Wimer-Pisano a Career Center administrator.

The Career Center also participated in the First (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition last year. Students on the Career Center’s team built and designed a robot to compete.

Kullman brought his skills from information technology and engineering to the First  Robotics team as a member.

For both students, working at the Career Center allows for hands on experience in their possible future professional field.

“(I want to learn) skills needed to work for a large group of people in fixing computers,” Bramstedt said.

For a complete description of classes offered at Columbia Area Career Center, check their website.

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