Hancock County Schools

Dataseam Students Participating in Paid Apprenticeship Program

 

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/

Life Long Learning – For Real

IF Hancock Question

Hancock County student got an opportunity to ask questions and explore topics in more depth.

(Louisville, KY) – At the annual IDEAFESTIVAL, students not only witnessed adults engaging in life long learning, but were able to engage, explore, experience and challenge ideas, positions and assumed truths for themselves.  They consumed knowledge on topics outside the classroom and awakened their child like curiosity in an adult, real-world setting.

IDEAFESTIVAL is a four-day event, which brings together speakers to help participants engage in the excitement of exploring new topics and looking at old issues in novel ways.  Subjects range across a wide spectrum of art, science, business, social responsibility, emotion, medicine, space, history and live performances.  This mingling of diverse topics is designed to push participants to think differently.

Or as organizers of the event say, “Stay Curious.  Embrace the danger of new ideas.”

While most participants are adults, event sponsors have made a number of passes available to Kentucky high school students.  Their attendance has become an important element in the mix of people and energy for the event.   It has provided high school students a one of a kind learning opportunity.

IF iLead Students

iLead Academy students blend in with the art at Kentucky Center for the Arts.

According to iLead Academy educator, Kirk Brooks, this was not only a chance for students to see that learning takes place outside the classroom, but a rare opportunity to learn right along side adults.  We used to learn through apprenticeships with adults, but now we mostly put students with their peers and many learning opportunities are lost.   Mr. Brooks also finds it interesting that when students are placed in an adult environment like this, they tend to step up their thinking and engagement.

Students used different words to describe their IDEAFESTIVAL experience, many as, “Truly an eye opening experience.”  It is interesting to hear their comments and see the subjects that peak their interest.

“… It’s amazing to be able to take a day and learn about things you otherwise wouldn’t have been interested in and to listen to people speak so passionately and with such intelligence…”  – Allie, senior

“… Listening to the speakers was truly inspiring and they taught me things that I can use in my daily life.  Forgiveness and taking advantage of opportunities were some of the important concepts I took away.” Hope, junior

IF Stage

Host, Kris Kimel, leads the popular question and answer session after each presentation.

“… speakers were very open minded and aware of the people and situations around them. …  many doors have been opened in my mind to be able to accomplish the same …” Cayden, sophomore

“… Learning about new topics without being limited by school curriculum and other standardized barriers is more refreshing than words can express. Intelligent conversation always follows the presentations. … thankful for my experiences at IDEAFESTIVAL, and truly hope that I may attend again.” Kayl, sophomore

“… loved being in an environment that encouraged eccentricity in ways of thinking and solving problems, especially in a society that encourages abiding to the norm … every speaker made me question things I thought I already knew… “ Dylan, junior

“… allowed you to form your own thoughts about the subject while sharing theirs. If they had a program in schools similar to that of IDEAFESTIVAL, maybe kids wouldn’t feel like the world is black and white…” MaHayla, junior

“… has given me the opportunity to see into fields of study that I wouldn’t have previously imagined.” Alex, junior

“The IDEAFESTIVAL has always been an invigorating way to learn and discover. … has certainly taken away unique perspectives that will be a part of my life forever.” Cade, junior

Every year I try to guess which speaker will be the most interesting to students.  I am always wrong.  As educators,, we talk a great deal about creating life long learners.   The IDEAFESTIVAL in Louisville each fall, is a prime display of this pursuit.  I hope you and your students get the chance to experience this opportunity.

Videos from past events are available on the IDEAFESTIVAL website.