New internship gives Louisa students computer experience

LOUISA COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Students from Louisa County High School are learning the nuts and bolts of computers through a new technology aide internship program.

The program was established during the 2018-2019 school year to give kids an interactive lesson on how to repair computers.

During the internship, students are given a chance to fix laptops from Louisa County Middle School, as part of their one-to-one initiative, which gives them experience in the field of information technology.

"The middle school students are one-to-one with Chromebooks and what we do here is we support them through managing and controlling the devices they use to make sure they're in perfect working order," said Thomas Lent, technology assistant center coordinator at LCHS.

Lent said students repair the laptops by taking them apart and replacing important pieces including keys, batteries and screens, an experience that allows them to learn a lesson outside the classroom.

"It really is a collaborative effort where if one student is really good at reparing keys, we make sure they take that on and share how they do it with other students," he said. "If somebody is good at fixing hinges, they take that on and share their knowledge with other students as well."

Makayla Jasinski, a senior at the high school, said the program allows her to learn more about computer technology, a topic n which she's always been interested.

"I've always had an interest in computers," said Jasinski.

She also said being in the program has shown her what it takes to pursue a career in IT.

"The more I came in, the more I was confident on fixing a key, a screen or a hinge," she said. "I've learned a lot. I like learning every single day that I can."

Lent said they have 11 students enrolled in the program this year. He said they'll receive school credit for their work.

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