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12/19/2016 12:00:00 AM CENTRAL
Updated: 12/19/2016 8:28:37 AM CENTRAL
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PCMH donates computer equipment to Career Center program

Perry County Memorial Hospital has donated computer equipment to Perryville Area Career and Technology Center’s Computer Maintenance and Electronics program.

 

Instructor Chris Gemoules said that PCMH recently updated their servers, and donated the used equipment to the school. The servers had all private/personal data removed by commercial-grade software before the donation, giving the students completely blank slates to work with.

 

“The hospital donated all of its old server equipment, over $40,000 original value, along with a cabinet and monitors,” Gemoules said. “This is a significant donation, and is allowing us to integrate virtualization into our program. Virtualization is the creation of a virtual — rather than actual — version of something, such as an operating system, a server, a storage device or network resources. This is the new industry push, and one that my students are now able to learn and implement.”

 

Gemoules said that his students have already loaded virtual servers onto the donated equipment. “We are staying on top of industry standards,” he said, “which is incredibly important for students in the IT field.”

 

 Gemoules said that PCMH’s information technology department has provided equipment to his program in the past, and IT Coordinator Kyle Joggerst serves on the Career Center’s Advisory Council.

 

“We’re thrilled to have this kind of support and participation from our local hospital,” Gemoules said. “Partnerships like this allow us to work closely with industry to re-use their older equipment in a meaningful way to train our future workforce.”

 

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Kyle Joggerst, IT Coordinator at Perry County Memorial Hospital, is pictured with donated server equipment and its cabinet, which the hospital has donated to Perryville Area Career and Technology Center’s Computer Maintenance and Electronics program.