Information and Telecommunication Systems students help move, replace and update equipment for Buckeye Rural Electric Cooperative / Photo provided
ITS student organization hired by Buckeye Rural Electric Cooperative
By Darby Fledderjohn
ATHENS, Ohio (April 18, 2013)—The McClure School of Information and
Telecommunication System’s student group, TSMA, traveled to Rio Grande, Ohio, on March 16 and 17 for a paid contracting job extended to them by the Buckeye Rural Electric Company.
TSMA, which stands for Telecommunication Systems Management Association, was hired to assist BREC’s Information Technology staff as they relocated, consolidated and upgraded their data center operations. This involved physical relocation and reinstallation of equipment, replacement of old equipment and implementation of a new data center configuration.
Buckeye REC is a not-for-profit cooperation that provides electricity to the surrounding areas of Rio Grande and southeastern Ohio. This project will give TSMA members work experience to put on their résumés and will supply the organization with funding for upcoming events.
Craig James, manager of information technology at BREC, made a point to hire these students for the contracting job rather than more experienced IT professionals.
“Craig has a great deal of admiration for the program at Ohio University and obviously his desire to bring in students that are currently enrolled shows that he feels they are adequately trained to handle such a task,” said Bryan Long, manager of member services.
TSMA is a student organization that brings together students, faculty and alumni/alumnae to develop skills and knowledge in the communication technology field for now and after graduation. Activities TSMA sponsors are resume help, job placement assistance, field trips, service projects and guest speakers who cover a variety of topics. Twin highlights of being a member of TSMA are the networking opportunities between students and guest speakers and the hands-on experience from service projects.