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Network Administration Students Hear How Education Ties In With Real World

Colt Johnson, owner of LynLINKS Technologies, Inc., recently came to the Lynchburg Campus to speak to IT students about working as an IT professional and providing services and support to customers. With many years of experience owning a business that provides IT service and support, Mr. Johnson has encountered almost any hardware and software issue imaginable – from virus removal to replacing screens on mobile devices to server administration for small businesses.

Mr. Johnson spoke to the students about IT being a field that is constantly changing and, because of this, IT professionals are constantly learning new applications and technologies. He also discussed customer service and the practical side of working as an IT professional. In addition, he provided tips on some of his favorite tools for performing basic service tasks, which included several of the tools the students had used and studied in class.

Pamela Hooper, IT instructor, appreciated that Mr. Johnson showed the students the value of continued study to keep up with changes. “It’s always nice to validate what we are learning in class with what goes on in the profession,” she explained. “Students get to see that I’m not making this stuff up.”

Network administration student Joseph Short enjoys hearing real-life wisdom and advice from guest speakers. “Guest speakers are an excellent supplement to the course,” he said. “Mr. Johnson brought out the practical aspect of the field.” Fellow network administration student Daniel Paterson added, “Mr. Johnson was very knowledgeable in this field, and it helps learning the translation from guest speakers. He discussed real work applications and how what we have learned applies outside of class.”

Network administration students Joseph Short (far left), Robert Lively (2nd from right), and Daniel Paterson (far right) enjoyed the insights shared by guest speaker Colt Johnson (2nd from left), owner of LynLINKS Technologies, Inc.

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