Electronics Students Install Network Cable for Local Business

Published 03.31.2006

Student News
Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology

From left%3A Student Troy L. Glasgow, Port Allegany%3B Chris Suzadail, vice president of AmerITGrads%3B student Tyler A. Winnett, Ephrata%3B Jeffrey B. Weaver, assistant professor of electronics%3B Daniel R. Little, CEO%2FPresident of AmerITGrads%3B Enrique E. Castillo, chief financial officer of AmerITGrads%3B student Matthew R. Haile, Sunbury%3B and Jonathan Basiago, senior software engineer for AmerITGrads.Some students enrolled in Pennsylvania College of Technology's Cisco Networking Academy program recently had the opportunity to apply the skills they have acquired to the benefit of a Williamsport business: AmerITGrads LLC.

Under the supervision of Jeffrey B. Weaver, assistant professor of electronics and computer engineering technology, the students successfully installed and tested a CAT5e network cable plant in the new suite of offices in which AmerITGrads, which was founded by a group of Penn College alumni, recently relocated its operations.

Approximately 50 cable drops were installed in the offices, and a single patch panel in the "wiring closet" completed the installation.

"The Penn College students had a chance to learn new skills and utilize them in a 'real-world' environment by performing a site survey to determine cable and component needs, pulling and terminating the cable in multiple offices, and then verifying the cable performance to industry-standard specifications," said Daniel R. Little, president and CEO of AmerITGrads. "These are the types of collaborative educational experiences we at AmerITGrads are always in search of and get a great deal of satisfaction from. Our thanks go to the students and their instructor."

The students who worked on the project are: Christopher W. Bricker, Exton; Charles P. Coco III, Medford, N.J.; Troy L. Glasgow, Port Allegany; Matthew R. Haile, Sunbury; and Tyler A. Winnett, Ephrata

Penn College offers associate and bachelor's degrees in electronics and computer engineering technology and, through the Cisco Networking Academy, helps to prepare students for the Cisco Certified Network Associate and Cisco Certified Network Professional certifications.

The Cisco Networking Academy courses are also available to students in other majors, such as information technology, to ensure that graduates have the applied-technology skills needed in today's global economy.

For more information about the majors offered by the School of Industrial and Engineering Technologies at Penn College, call (570) 327-4520, send e-mail or visit online .