Tech Corps-DC has students manage school LAN

Tech Corps-DC, a technical support volunteer program, is unveiling an initiative that gives students at a Washington, D.C., high school the responsibility of managing and maintaining their school's local-area network.

The initiative, called Tech Scouts, which was announced as part of a today's National Techies Day (www.techiesday.com) event, students at Wilson Senior High School will manage a network serving more than 100 classrooms and offices, responding to technical support requests from teachers and staff during free hours and after school.

Students will use the Internet to track job orders and log the work they complete as they work towards completing the 100 hours of community service they must perform to graduate. They also will be able to call on Tech Corps-DC (www.tcdc.org) volunteers if additional support is needed.

The Tech Scouts initiative is being funded by an Interactive Education Initiative grant from the AOL Foundation and is designed to give students leadership opportunities while developing technical skills.

Tech Corps-DC has been providing volunteer technical support to K-12 schools in the District of Columbia since 1995 and is a chapter of Boston-based Tech Corps (www.techcorps.org), a national nonprofit organization that currently oversees 44 state chapters.

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