New computer networking and cybersecurity labs are coming to campus
Mackenzie Peterson –
The Computer Networking and Information Technology program continues to follow the hands-on learning approach of the University of Wisconsin-Stout by opening four new computer networking and cybersecurity labs this past February.
Maria Alm, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Communication, Humanities and Social Sciences, said: âI am very excited about our new computer networking and information technology labs! ”
These new labs are located near the other computer labs on the first floor of Micheels Hall in rooms 176, 188, 192 and 193.
The new labs include video monitors and workspaces that provide an environment for students to collaborate effectively. They also have a data center with equipment such as computer routers and servers for students.
The laboratories allow students to develop, apply and research contemporary strategies involving data, speech and graphics technologies.
Dylan Adank, a first year computer networking and information technology student, said, âI love new labs. They are modern and state of the art, and I had no issues with the equipment.
âIn previous labs, students sat in rows talking only to their lab partner and sometimes to another student around them. With the new design, students sit in groups of four to five students face to face, âsaid Nikki Ruf, junior, specializing in computer networking and information technology. âIt has created an environment where everyone works together and gets to know each other. “
The equipment setup in the labs is organized to match the year the students are in. One lab has equipment for first and second year students and the next lab has equipment for second and third year students.
Another laboratory has equipment for third and fourth year students and the last laboratory has equipment for fourth year and synthesis students. The on-campus learning and information technology department provided assistance in setting up the laboratories.
This new addition to the program will help provide students specializing in computer networking and information technology with technical, leadership, teamwork, communication and problem-solving skills.