Student TechCrew empowers students to be their school’s own IT support, giving them access to technology skills and training for future technology jobs, while providing the school with a valuable resource at no additional cost. The Cathedral College students have completed the first year of the program.
At the end of the program, students form the next “class” of TechCrew student attendees and help them achieve their Dell TechDirect certification, an industry qualification that IT professionals use to manage their devices, allowing the program to expand further.
Dell Technologies has led this initiative successfully around the world, and Cathedral College is one of the first Australian schools to participate.
The initiative is designed to promote future professional skills and learning through Dell’s industry-leading technical certification program and hands-on, hands-on experience as students help peers and school staff solve technological problems.
Three local schools have participated in the program over the past year, and six more have signed up to participate in 2022. The schools, located in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, will provide their students with the skills of career preparation and certifications to help them thrive in the IT industry after leaving school.
We’ve provided a summary of key points, along with quotes from various spokespersons below.
Empowering future leaders in Australia and New Zealand
Following the impressive results in North America, Dell Technologies began rolling out the program across ANZ.
This year, six new schools across Australia and New Zealand will participate in the initial teacher training program to set up their individual Dell Student TechCrews school. This follows in the successful footsteps of the first ANZ Student TechCrew school, The Cathedral College in Rockhampton, Central Queensland.
Director of the mixed catholic boarding school Rob Alexander said to be chosen by world leaders Dell Technologies to be the first school in Australia to offer its Student TechCrew program is a great honour. “We are excited as this will give our students from a wide range of backgrounds a cutting-edge advantage that they can share with their peers.”
“Our Dell TechCrew students have the opportunity to lead a world-class program by earning industry qualifications that will equip them with the skills they need to thrive in the IT industry while helping their peers with computer support,” he said.
Will, a student at Cathedral College, said the highlight of the program is the career paths it opens up for students. “The qualifications we receive give us a clear advantage in the STEM field to study and work beyond school. Seeing passionate people through virtual field study who love their work in IT makes this very attractive career and opens your eyes to what may be possible.
“The Dell Student TechCrew program has given me a tremendous sense of empowerment and independence that I don’t need to rely on others. says Maridon, a Grade 12 student and the only woman in the program, encourages other girls to join.
“Technology is our present and our future. Knowing that I am able to work with technology and understand it through the qualifications that the Dell Student TechCrew program gives me is invaluable for my future.
Aaron Nunn, ICT Director at Cathedral College, considered the first school outside of North America to join the Student TechCrew program, is a privilege and a wonderful opportunity for the school community.
“From industry qualifications to practice, soft skills and valuable knowledge, our students have embraced the program with enthusiasm and are eager to broaden their future career paths,” he said.
The program includes a “train the trainer” model, where Dell Technologies trains educators or nonprofit partners on how to deliver the TechDirect certification that has been tailored to meet the needs of high school students.
Using the Conrad Design Method developed by the Conrad Foundation, a non-profit organization and strategic partner of Dell Technologies, the program equips students with future career skills such as problem solving, entrepreneurship and thinking. innovative. Students are also invited to participate in the Conrad Challenge, where teams compete to develop innovative solutions to global challenges.
Based on feedback from the initial pilot program, starting in April this year, TechCrew introduced on-demand training for schools and a monthly live Q&A session for teachers. In June, step-by-step lesson plans will be made available to participating schools.
Angela Fox, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Dell Technologies Francesays it’s only a matter of time before programs like Student TechCrew become mainstream. “When you think about the skills shortage facing the tech industry, as well as the hybrid learning models that have become more prevalent, programs like this play a pivotal role in equipping students with the tools they need for the future. These student-run helplines give these young people the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in our industry. This allows them to be comfortable with technology, inspiring them to study computer science at a tertiary level which ultimately nurtures the next generation of IT professionals.
The importance of Dell Student TechCrew
A global technology shortage of 4.3 million people is predicted to arrive by 2030. Technology is at the heart of innovation, so for us to move forward as a society, we need to make sure we help the next generation of leaders and workers. understand the intricacies of the IT sector.
In 2015, when the growing presence of technology in schools began to overwhelm the computing resources available to maintain devices, Kim Bouwellwho worked for a school district in Texas, had a brilliant idea: to allow students to become their own IT support.
A few years later, when Boutwell started working at Dell Technologies, she advanced her program, and with Dell’s advanced computing certification and ladder, they were able to provide TechCrew to schools across the United States. .
Litzy Whifinformer student of Colleyville ISDTexas in the United States, says Student TechCrew has had a profound impact on their career goals.
“Before the Dell Student TechCrew program, I didn’t know if I really wanted to go to college. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to pursue,” she says. “I had the idea for IT, but I wasn’t quite sure and I wasn’t ready yet. Now I know for sure that I want to go to college and pursue a career in IT.