(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
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Morehead State University and Dataseam have partnered to provide students, passionate about majoring in science, technology, engineering or math to pursue their dreams at Morehead State University. This includes degrees from the MSU Space Science Program and those wanting to teach these subjects in K-12. As a Kentucky DataseamScholar at Morehead State University you will receive a scholarship valued at the cost of tuition for fall and spring semesters of enrollment. This is a renewable scholarship for your four years at MSU. Check out all MSU scholarship opportunities today. Application deadline for the DataseamScholars program is March 15, 2018.
(Williamsburg, KY) – The DataseamGrid is comprised of thousands of computers working 24-hours a day to help researchers find new treatments for cancer. We talk about thousands of teachers benefiting from Dataseam workshops. We point with pride to industry-standard Certified Technicians supporting school technology. We highlight Dataseam Scholarships supporting college students. Sometimes it is nice to look at what these students have accomplished. Craig Roaden – In His Own Words.
My name is Craig Roaden. I am a graduate of Whitley County High School and the University of Louisville. I am currently employed as a Process Technician for Michelin North America. I work at Michelin’s premier facility for cutting-edge Ultrahigh Performance tirelines in Greenville, South Carolina. I could not have achieved these feats and paved a way for a rewarding future without the help of Dataseam initiatives and scholarship programs. These opportunities have allowed me to embrace new technologies and prepare myself for the advancements that the workforce demands.
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Dataseam supports many Kentucky high schools with grants and funding to promote interest of students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Our school system (grade schools to high school) has used this funding to update our classrooms and integrate new technologies and computer systems into our curriculum. I had personal involvement taking computer programing and multimedia applications courses my senior year. I am a firm believer that exposing students to technology and STEM career possibilities will motivate them to succeed in their careers and higher education goals. Having access to these databases and equipment helped affirm my choice to seek higher education in engineering. The support from my family and foundations in our community and school system helped me become an Eagle Scout, Kentucky Governor Scholar, Commonwealth Ambassador, and a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels all before high school graduation.
As a high school scholar in Kentucky, Dataseam opened many doors for my future. Dataseam provides scholarships for students, like me, to help educate themselves in STEM fields. With the scholarship assistance from Dataseam, I was able to financially afford to remain in-state and attend the University of Louisville J.B. Speed School of Engineering. Remaining in-state allowed me to stay close to my family and support Kentucky’s universities. With the help and support of Dataseam’s presence at UofL, I was offered a variety of networking among faculty, staff, and provosts across the UofL campus I would not have otherwise known. These relationships helped blossom in my involvement in many campus societies and groups including the Golden Key Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, etc. As a Dataseam scholar, I quickly became involved with the admissions department as a campus shadow host and student ambassador. University of Louisville does a magnificent job in welcoming future students and answering their questions. I have been honored to serve at college fairs and student panels to help parents and students alike prepare for the college transition and learn about opportunities available through programs like Dataseam. In 5 short years I have earned a B.S. and Masters of Engineering in Chemical Engineering and graduated debt-free. I thank Dataseam involvement in my education and helping utilize my time on campus. I am very thankful to enter the workforce without any student debts holding me back. I earned the W.S. Speed award for substantial contributions to the Speed School community as well as a J.B. Speed Alumni Award. I am chasing my dreams and becoming the adult and contributing citizen I am proud to be.
Not only has Dataseam been an inspiration and a foundational block in my education and successes, but it also allows opportunity for students like me to give back to the community, local universities, and the state as a whole. Dataseam has a strong role in supporting the local cancer centers and a well-known university presence. Dataseam seeks to educate the masses and support local families and schools and nourishing young minds to seek new and exciting careers of the future in engineering and scientific fields by helping them get grants and funding for higher education and new opportunities. I strongly urge you to continue the narrative of the hundreds of students, scholars, cancer patients, and engineers like myself that have benefitted from this company’s continual work.
Craig Aaron Roaden, Process Technician for Michelin North America
(Morehead, KY) – We feature the DataseamGrid with thousands of computers working 24-hours a day to help researchers find new treatments for cancer. We talk about thousands of teachers benefiting from Dataseam workshops. We point with pride to Certified Technicians enhancing school technology. We highlight Dataseam Scholarships supporting college students. Sometimes it is nice to look at one student and what they have accomplished.
William Roach-Barrette – In His Own Words
My name is William Roach-Barrette. I am a Space Systems Engineer at Rajant Corporation. I am a student at the Morehead State University Space Science Center and a graduate of the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science. I grew up in Menifee County, Kentucky.
I would not be here today without Dataseam and other organizations that are changing Kentucky. I am a product of a system who believed the way forward for Kentucky was through its youth. I was incredibly lucky through my life. Even now, I am fortunate enough to have a job in my field and in the Commonwealth, something that seemed impossible eight years ago.
My fascination with technology began at a young age. As a toddler I was captivated by light switches. I begged my parents to move me from switch to switch so I could repeatedly turn the lights on and off. At age eleven I was awe-struck by the release of what would become one of the world’s most popular modern inventions, the iPhone.
At the time, I couldn’t afford to buy an iPhone, both the device and cell phone plan were far too much for a seventh-grade boy to justify to his parents. They did, find the money to buy an iPod Touch. It wasn’t long after I acquired this device I began finding ways to change it and make it more suited to me and my needs.
This led me to programing when Apple began allowing third parties to develop applications for the iPhone and the newly announced iPad. I was again motivated by Steve Jobs newest invention. I couldn’t wait to see what I could do with it.
I was now a freshman at Menifee County High School and the movie Avatar had just been released. Why is this important? Because this film inspired me to explore the idea of space as a career.
Modern space exploration was no more than a dream to me. I didn’t have the same sense of nostalgia felt by my elders who had lived through the space race. They remembered the deep sense of national pride, discovery, and progress happening during that time. In my lifetime I saw the Space Shuttle Columbia break into pieces and the Space Shuttle Atlantis deliver its last astronauts back to Earth. To see a film depicting space travel as an inconvenience and not an achievement gave me the desire to make my dream a reality.
Around this time another turning point in my life was taking place. Dataseam, a company I knew little about at the time, had been installing brand new iMacs in my school system. Such exposure to technology gave me enough knowledge in video production to start my own YouTube product review business. I reviewed accessories and applications for Apple products.
Kentucky Space Movie Project. Dataseam decided to sponsor a new competition for high schools in my region. The Kentucky Space Movie Project was born, and with it, a desire to learn more about the universe… and earn some cool technology. I began working with a team of students to create a documentary on the search for extraterrestrial intelligence in our universe. The documentary explored the idea of aliens existing anywhere in our universe as well as the likelihood of a human alien encounter occurring over the course of our species’ existence. I won’t spoil the end for you, but will say teams from Menifee County took both first and second place that year.
This was the final push for me, but for not so obvious reasons. When I came to the Space Science Center, I met people who would become a crucial part of my life moving forward, role models who changed the world in their own way. They inspired me to make a career out of technology and space, and sparked the internal fire pushing me there.
More School Technology. Dataseam’s program was a primary reason the MSU Center for Regional Engagement and MSU 21st Century Enterprise provided iPads to school districts like mine. Dataseam was there when I had my interview for admission to The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science, where I was driven to be the very best I could be. The two years spent at Gatton were the hardest years of my life. They were also hands down the two best years of school I ever had. I learned about myself and the world. When I graduated, I was prepared for my degree program. At Morehead State University Space Science Center phenomenal staff led by Dr. Ben Malphrus gave me the skills needed to be where I am today.
The Commonwealth is growing. We are finally beginning to nurse the wounds inflicted on our region from the death of coal and loss of other manufacturing jobs. State legislative efforts are beginning to bear fruit. Do not stop now or all we have worked for will shrivel and waste away. Growing a region starts with its youth and ends when we get jobs contributing back to Kentucky.
I am living proof. I had a dream children of Kentucky would grow up looking to the stars instead of under ground. We are getting there. I have a Kentucky-based career in space technology. We can grow Kentucky into something wonderful. It starts with organizations like Dataseam.
William Roach-Barrette, Morehead State University Space Science Student and Rajant Corporation Space Systems Engineer
Dataseam Scholarship at Morehead State University available for students pursuing STEM degrees including Space Science.
Profile Video created in 2015 with William Roach-Barrette.