By Sam Miloser, Ian Richard and Paige Seitam
Technology is constantly growing in Shenango High School and now with the new addition of STAT, students can expand their knowledge even more.
STAT, which stands for Shenango Technology Assist Team, is an IT support team ran by the district’s technology director, Rob Heath, and supervised by the Computer Applications teacher, Michelle Whiting.
“I am a one-man-department supporting two schools, and at times it becomes quite hectic and difficult to keep up with all of the problems going on,” explained Mr. Heath. STAT provides a medium for Heath to more efficiently support the entire district’s needs.
Not just anyone can be in this group. STAT is a prestigious class graded on a pass/fail standard for which only certain students qualify. Students are required to maintain a 3.5 GPA. In addition, Heath also evaluates the character of STAT students by talking to their teachers and advisors.
“I wanted to make sure I was getting responsible students,” Heath mentioned, “and even discipline-wise, you have to maintain a good disciplinary record.”
Senior Ashlee Keller described STAT as “challenging and fun.” Each day in class can bring in different features of the technology field, she said.
“I enjoy exploring new technological methods and learning concepts that aren’t usually taught in high school,” added senior Addie George, another STAT student.
Skills that STAT students have learned so far include troubleshooting and setting up computers, Chromebooks, projectors, and printers, creating network wires, and responding to tickets sent to the Help Desk.
Hopes are high for this program. Heath has realistic expectations, considering it is the team’s debut year. The goal is for students to become self-sufficient in certain aspects of the technology field. When working with younger students, STAT can be viewed as a job, so in the future, STAT students prove to be strong in the area of technical support.
Heath hopes STAT allows students to reach out in the school and be active in areas other than technology.
“The organization works to improve the district, even if they aren’t direct technology difficulties,” he stressed.