Hamilton Southeastern students create IT tech squads

After allowing high schoolers to bring computers, the Hamilton Southeastern school district created tech teams for IT help. (WISH Photo/Nick Natario)

FISHERS, Ind (WISH) – A question many school districts now face is how to deal with technical issues caused by students using electronic tablets instead of books.

Instead of hiring more IT staff members, one district saw this as an opportunity to utilize its own students.

Next week, the Hamilton Southeastern school district high school students will return to the classroom. While many are ready for new classes, friends or sports, another group is ready for something else.

“I’m ready to handle thousands,” Hamilton Southeastern High School student Ryan Young said. “All of the thousands in school. This is going to be fun.”

“The team is pretty close, and we’re ready to go,” Fishers High School student Baylee Burdick said.

For the first time, high schoolers are allowed to bring their own computer to school. To handle the increased tech issues, the district created a program where students will fix computers.

It is an opportunity many students are excited to have. “I mean I’ve considered IT for a while, and this will give me a taste to decide if this is the field I really want to go into,” Fishers High School student Reece Cristate said.

“I was extremely excited to be honest,” Young said. “I mean I love this type of stuff to do and helping people.”

More than 50 students are enrolled in the program. They have to at least be a sophomore, and go through training.

The school district made sure students are a team both in and out of the classroom. The team meets regularly, and the students receive credit.

“Part of the learning environment is again more collaborative and more project based,” Hamilton Southeastern district school and communication relations director Beverly Smith said. “And since the students are there advising, they’re also learning. So, why not couple that with high school credit?”

A credit students say is already paying off.

“I’ve already talked colleges, like Purdue and Indiana University and they all love it,” Young said. “They all think it’s a great step and they’re all like, that’s something I want my students to have.”

Each high school has its own team, and unique name. At Fishers High, it’s “Code Red,” and at Hamilton Southeastern High School, it’s “Cyber Royals.”

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