MHTA — DataBank, a leading national data center and cloud provider with two Twin Cities locations, recently hosted a group of students from Humboldt High School for an excellent onsite Tech Experience Tour at their MSP2 facility in Eagan. MHTA is working with area companies to provide these unique Tech Experience Tours for students interested in learning more about information technology and the high tech business world.
The students from Humboldt High School’s Academy of Information Technology (AOIT) visited the DataBank data center in Eagan to learn about DataBank’s role in the Twin Cities IT community and how the company evolved to become an important fixture in the Minnesota IT landscape. The Academy of Information Technology (AOIT) is a small learning community that offers high school students an opportunity to study computer networking systems and programming in preparation for college and careers in the information technology industry.
DataBank’s team members walked the students through the enterprise class, Tier-III data center facility explaining the state-of-the-art technologies that deliver redundancy for data center services, network interconnectivity, and cloud computing solutions DataBank provides for many prominent businesses in the Twin Cities. A discussion led by Kevin McCloughan, CIO of Ryan Companies, presented more about how IT is structured within companies to demonstrate the diversity of IT career options. DataBank staff, as well as Kevin McCloughan and Murray Butler, who is currently a lead QA engineer for a large provider of software, shared their insight and paths taken in their careers, many beginning with choices made during in high school. The universal message to the students was to stay flexible and tune into their personal interests for a successful and satisfying career.
The visit was organized by DataBank’s local General Manager, Kris Edinger. “In working with local IT executives, a common topic of conversation is around the availability of IT professionals to fill a variety of roles. We believe that the conversation needs to extend to our bright, young people starting prior to college—making them aware of all the options available to them. In hosting these visits, many of our clients and other industry IT professions have expressed interest in participating which makes for an even more compelling session with the students. We hope to do more of these sessions with visiting local IT professionals.”
For more information on Tech Experience Tours, visit http://www.mhta.org/tech-experience-tours/. If you’re interested in hosting a future tour, please contact Tim Barrett, MHTA’s Director of STEM Education and Workforce Development at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re a STEM educator looking to connect with a business, be sure to also visit our get STEM Minnesota website at getstem-mn.com.
About DataBank – DataBank is a leading provider of enterprise-class data center, cloud, and interconnection services, offering customers 100% uptime availability of data, applications and infrastructure. Databank’s managed data center services are anchored in world-class facilities. Our customized technology solutions are designed to help customers effectively manage risk, improve their technology performance and allow them to focus on their core business objectives. DataBank is headquartered in the historic former Federal Reserve Bank Building, in downtown Dallas, TX. For additional information on DataBank locations and services, please visit www.databank.com or call 1(800) 840-7533.