Friday, May 22, 2015

MxCC’s IT Program and Computer Club Get Boost From Eversource

Middlesex Community College’s Computer Club and Computer Information Technology Program have received a donation of 26 laptops and two desktop computers from Eversource, New England's largest energy delivery company. Students will use the computers to practice installing, diagnosing and experimenting with operating systems and other software.

The donation was coordinated by Bob D’Eon, an adjunct professor at MxCC and employee at Eversource, under the direction of Professor Donna Hylton.  Hylton, who is the Computer Club advisor as well as the Health Information Management, Computer Information Technology, and Management Information Systems program coordinator at the College, had been looking for a way to upgrade outdated classroom practice lab computers and to acquire equipment for the club’s use. She made a wish list and D’Eon worked with Eversource’s surplus equipment program to fulfill that wish.

“The unofficial motto of our Computer Club – and our overall IT program – is that ‘technology is a bit more fun,’ and having these newer computers available certainly helps make things more fun,” Hylton said with a smile.  “This donation by Eversource is another creative way our community supports the College, and we are thankful to Bob for reaching out to Eversource and making this happen.  The technology students as well as members of our club will benefit tremendously from all of this wonderful equipment.”

MxCC’s Computer Information Technology degree program offers students a diverse technical curriculum that provides an understanding of many areas of information technology (IT). Courses cover network security, operating systems/troubleshooting, database design, programming and networking. The Computer Club brings together students who share a common interest in computers and who want to learn about various aspects of the IT industry. The club hosts career and networking events as well as the several e-cycling events on campus to help local residents and businesses easily and safely dispose of unwanted electronics. 

With more than 8,000 employees across three states, Eversource ( transmits and delivers electricity to 1.2 million customers in 149 cities and towns and provides natural gas to 220,000 customers in 71 communities in Connecticut.

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