(Frankfort, KY- October 2, 2019) – Representatives from Dataseam reported progress on Dataseam workforce initiatives to the Kentucky General Assembly Interim Joint Committee on Education. This economic and workforce development initiative not only supplies computers to Kentucky schools and conducts cancer drug discovery research, but also is providing industry-standard technology certifications, student apprentice opportunities and college scholarships as important education and workforce byproducts of this unique effort.
Dataseam CEO Brian Gupton pointed out in addition to 2,232 Apple workstations recently placed in Kentucky schools and increased capacity to run cancer research for the University of Louisville Brown Cancer Center, Dataseam is in the middle of an extensive industry certification program for school technology professionals. Morehead State University and the University of Louisville continue to recruit and provide STEM-based scholarships to students totaling over $2.5 million. Dataseam is working with participating schools to employ students in a U.S. Department of Labor Certified, Information Technology apprenticeship program. It is a first of its kind in Kentucky.
Parker Smith shared his professional journey as part of the Dataseam training initiatives that have culminated in his dream job as CIO of Williamsburg Independent Schools. “The industry certifications, professional networking and support, along with the opportunities to engage resources on a national level have helped this country boy from Clay County to do things I could not imagine,” said Smith.
Smith is an Apple Certified Support Professional, managing Dataseam technologies for research and education. As part of its workforce development efforts, Dataseam has trained and certified more Apple professionals, as a percentage of population, than any other state.
Paige Hart, currently a 3rd year medical school student at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and former Dataseam Scholar, talked about coming full circle in her education and career. “I dream of the day that I have my full circle moment when I used Dataseam computers as a student in Caldwell County to the day as a physician I give information on the drugs produced by those same computers,” Hart said.
Blake McCullah, one of the current IT apprentices and Whitley County High School student testified about why the Dataseam program is different. “I worked and learned about computer repair, system maintenance and computer network issues. And since this was my first job, I had to open a back account,” said McCullah.
“We have reported in the past on cancer research made possible by the DataeamGrid, but today we provided context, reality and faces to the education and workforce outcomes of our efforts with our K-12 and university partners,” said Gupton, “The investments by University of Louisville and Morehead State; the industry-standard training and certification; the opportunity and employability for participants enhance the return on the state investment in the Dataseam program.”
Dataseam built and manages one of the most powerful high-performance computing environments in the world. Kentucky K-12 school districts and 3 universities across the state work with Dataseam to enhance education, research and economic development in Kentucky. http://www.kydataseam.com/about
Even when being used by students and teachers, the computers lend their computing power to the DataseamGrid which runs advanced cancer drug discovery efforts for the University of Louisville James Graham Brown Cancer Center.
At the University of Louisville James Graham Brown Cancer Center, researchers and physician scientists work to create new and more effective approaches to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, delivering the most advanced treatments to cancer patients with compassion and respect. https://uoflbrowncancercenter.org
Whitley County High School students Samuel “Blake” McCullah, Connor Wilson, Morgan Mckiddy, and Hancock County High School student Casey Baize were honored by EWDC Deputy Secretary Josh Benton, Senate President Robert Stivers (R-Manchester), and Representative Regina Huff (R-Williamsburg) for their participation in the Dataseam IT Support Specialist Apprenticeship Program.
The Dataseam IT Support Specialist Apprenticeship Program was created to help high school student gain hands-on work experience, earn professional certifications, and graduate with a better career focus. In the paid apprenticeship students will work along side experienced professionals to maintain, configure, install, repair and trouble shoot computer, network and software at the school.
This paid apprentice program is the first of its kind registered by the federal government and Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet for high school students.
Dataseam is uniquely qualified to help prepare the next generation of information technology specialist. The company collaborates with 38 school districts across Kentucky to manage one of the world’s larges computing clouds for research. Dataseam provides industry certifications and technical support to help school IT professionals better support and utilize education technology.
“Congratulations to Dataseam of Kentucky on the creation of a new information technology Registered Apprenticeship program,” EWDC SecretaryDerrick Ramsey said. “This program allows apprentices to earn on the job while receiving state of the art training in careers with excellent stability and growth potential.”
“Through this program, students will receive practical instruction, hands-on experience, mentoring. They will experience available career options in the field of Information Technology,” said Whitley County Superintendent John Siler. “Dataseam will supply our district with over $15,000 of computers to benefit all students. I am so appreciative of this opportunity to collaborate with Dataseam to increase opportunities for our students to gain real-life, hands-on experience leading to certifications and college credit for them while they are still in high school.”
“We are eager to add this IT Apprenticeship aspect to the existing statewide Dataseam ecosystem,” said Dataseam CEO, Brian Gupton. “Growing this segment of the Commonwealth’s future workforce helps to facilitate additional next-generation opportunity for more Kentuckians. Dataseam is proud of the partnerships working together to be a part of the solution.”
The Education and Workforce Development Cabinet acts as the governing body for Registered Apprenticeships in Kentucky, and provides technical and consultative services to employers. The “Kentucky Trained. Kentucky Built.” campaign was launched in 2016 to signal the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet’s commitment to strengthening and growing Registered Apprenticeships across the Commonwealth. For more information, visithttps://educationcabinet.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx.
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Dataseam built and manages one of the most powerful cloud-based high performance computing environments in the world to benefit education, research and economic development in the state of Kentucky. Important cancer research is completed on a network of over 9,000 computers in 38 school districts. Participating School districts benefit from college scholarships, professional training and certifications, and student apprentice programs. For more information on how to get involved with this apprenticeship program, visit http://www.kydataseam.com/