Brandenburg Telecom and Hardin County Schools have entered into a partnership that will greatly benefit students in the Information Technology pathway at the Hardin County Schools Early College and Career Center (EC3) and Brandenburg Telecom.
The IT students will be provisioning, testing and documenting telecommunications equipment brought to them by the technicians at Brandenburg Telecom. The students will learn about the technology needed to support services provided by Brandenburg Telecom that include phone, video and Internet along with business phone systems, life-alert systems, home security and business surveillance systems. The students will also have an opportunity to submit resumes and possibly interview for internships at Brandenburg Telecom after graduation.
They will also learn about the technology used in today’s “smart” homes and how the service is transported over high speed fiber optic networks. The students will see first-hand how a “gigabit” connection works because Brandenburg Telecom has been placed in the IT pathway at EC3. Gigabit speeds on fiber optic networks move information very fast and have been provided in commercial businesses for some time. Brandenburg Telecom is working to provide the same fast reliable connections to all their customers.
“Our students will have a tremendous opportunity,” EC3 IT Instructor Edwin Allin said. “This partnership will allow them to learn at a much higher level and have real hands-on experiences. I have been in IT instruction for more than 16 years and I’ve never had high school students provided an opportunity to repair and test equipment that will be put back into operation and to work with a gigabit connection on the information highway. This is real work for a real operating company. You can’t duplicate the experience these students will receive. It is priceless!”
“We are thrilled to be able to work with these students and this program,” Brandenburg Telecom General Manager Allison Willoughby said. "The students will bring us fresh ideas and have the opportunity to contribute in ways that were thought to be unthinkable just a few years ago. The knowledge they have gained while under Mr. Allin plus the excellent information technology experience they already have will assist our company in providing outstanding services to our customers while giving the students a literal opportunity to be involved with actual service provision. We feel this will certainly give these students a leg-up in landing in an IT-based career.”
“These types of partnerships are what make Hardin County such a wonderful community,” HCS Superintendent Teresa Morgan said. “Where else can a student work with this type of high quality technological equipment and make a positive impact on the customers of a highly respected telecommunications firm? I’m so grateful that Brandenburg Telecom understands the importance of educating our future leaders and takes their work seriously.”