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Students Attend Technology Camp

PROFESSIONAL EXPOSURE: Rick Wilson, MSIS department head at Oklahoma State University, presents Bixby High School students Kailey Chinsethagid, at left, and Daniel Sandoval with certificates of completion for attending the ninth annual Information Systems Technology Exploration Academy, held at OSU. The weeklong academy teaches high school students about information technology and career opportunities in the field of Management Science and Information Systems.

Bixby High School sophomores Kailey Chinsethagid and Daniel Sandoval recently attended the ninth annual Information Systems Technology Exploration Academy (ISyTE), hosted by the Management Science and Information Systems (MSIS) department at Oklahoma State University.

During the weeklong academy, 22 high school students learned about information technology and career opportunities in the field of MSIS. They built computer hardware, installed an operating system, and secured and networked their computers together to complete modules. The students also visited ConocoPhillips and ONEOK to take a glimpse into the life of an information technology professional.

Students stayed on campus in dormitories, visited campus points of interest, and interacted with current MSIS students and faculty, providing students a glimpse into the college experience. Assisting with the academy were MSIS faculty, students and professionals.

“In just one week, the counselors managed to change my life by doing three things: One, skills: I learned skills I will literally take to my grave. Two, college awareness: They try to help everybody make the right choice. Three, friendliness: The best one. The open atmosphere and fun activities really helped me feel like I was a part of something,” Sandoval says.

The ISyTE Academy is offered to students who are interested in business and technology. Students must be in grades 9-11 and be enrolled in an Oklahoma high school (or equivalent for home-schooled students). Accepted students receive a scholarship that pays for the cost of the academy.

Sponsors of the ISyTE Academy include the OSU Center for Executive and Professional Development in the Spears School of Business, OSU Department of Management Science and Information Systems, ONEOK, ConocoPhillips and Phillips 66.

Updated 07-25-2017

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