For students that are finding it difficult to find work placement in the IT industry we have opened our own IT placement environment. The hours do not reflect the work industry but do allow the students to get some industry experience.
We have made our games room the focus for IT placement, here students will have access to a wide variety of jobs commonly found in a number of IT work environments.
The room and other facilities are used each Friday, giving the students some hours towards their industry specific WPL
Students will on occasion set up mini hubs around the campus that operate the Linux Mint operating systems.
Students have full access to a series of computers and servers that are not attached to the school network. This allows the students to dabble where else they may not be able to.
Cable management is an integral part of the process and students get to connect to patch panels, switches and servers, all disconnected from the school network.
Students are involved with maintaining and developing new ideas for the games room and are encouraged to come up with new ideas.
There are a whole lot of other duties available for the students, we hope they get the experience they need.
Of course it goes without saying that this opportunity is only for North Lake students.
We currently have 10 students on the books. I think we might try for less next year.