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Supporting the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School

Nathan Burgess - Wednesday, June 08, 2016

During the early months of 2015, the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS) approached Trident Computer Services looking for a partner to assist them with setting up a ground breaking transition school for indigenous students. Being an ambitious and innovative plan idea to develop a transition education and home stay program for regional indigenous students it was certainly something that Trident was keen to be involved in. The School would provide a home and academic program as a bridge for indigenous students coming to Melbourne for scholarships or to attend city schools.

Trident CEO, Katie Bentley, invited me to be a part of this exciting project on behalf of Trident Computer Services as MITS they canvassed the local community for support. For me, it was the opportunity to become involved in a project where I could make a real difference, not only assisting them in sourcing IT equipment and solutions, but also to get back to my grass roots of working in a school and also possibly provide the opportunity to mentor others further down the track.

With the official opening of MITS at the end of June 2016, I’ve had a chance to reflect on just what we’ve been able to see them achieve with the help of many benefactors (including us). The School now has a housing base in Richmond and a classroom facility based at the Richmond Football club. The house has Meraki wireless access points providing connectivity for staff and students. I have also had the opportunity to do some hands-on work setting the staff and students up with laptops provided as part of a  sponsorship arrangement with Lenovo.

With the generous assistance of CISCO MITS has taken delivery of a number of video endpoints that will be setup to provide a video conference solution to link the two sites as well as providing dial-in capability for the students to communicate and stay in touch with family and other people across the country.

"It’s an exciting time to be involved in a project like MITS, and I’d encourage others to seek out worthwhile organisations that need support."

The project is far from complete, and I’m excited about where it will head next! Over 2016 we’ll be examining how other technologies could be integrated into the school to provide students with exposure to the kinds of technology they will be using when they go off to other schools. It’s an exciting time to be involved in a project like MITS, and I’d encourage others to seek out worthwhile organisations that need support.

  Stuart Wilson

Technology Innovator
Trident Computer Services
e: swilson@trident.com.au

 

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