LCCC IT Program Director Receives Microsoft Innovation Award

CHEYENNE, Wyoming (RELEASED) – In 2017, Microsoft approached Laramie County Community College (LCCC) with a proposal to develop a Microsoft Datacenter Academy at the college. The Datacenter Technology program started in fall 2018 with just 14 students and now has 60 students working towards graduation. The Data Center Technology Credit Diploma is now the first common diploma within the Information Technology (IT) journey and leads to advanced credentials in Network Administrator, Systems Administrator, and Cyber ​​Security.

The growth and popularity of the computer program is a product of high demand, high paying jobs, and flexible design and creativity of offerings. The LCCC program is distinguished by its innovation and creativity both in the classroom and in the laboratory, ensuring student growth and understanding. This creativity is led by Troy Amick, Program Director, Information Technology. Amick started at the LCCC in January 2018, following a donation of equipment from Microsoft, to create a fake data center at the college. Amick, used the equipment to create 12 mobile data center carts allowing students to gain practical and real-world application in a unique lab environment.

Due to Amick’s work with the LCCC Datacenter Academy, he was recognized as the 2021 Innovation Award winner at the inaugural Microsoft Datacenter Academy Summit in August 2021. “This type of innovation highlights work exceptional that your program creates by making learning objectives engaging and accessible. to all students, ”said Anthony Putorek, senior manager of the Microsoft Workforce Development Program. “This award focuses specifically on how you drive innovation and increase student interest, performance and overall success within the Datacenter Academy.”

Amick and his team of three professors continue to create opportunities for active learning and innovation, through the design and development of a new hardware lab, Cyber ​​City and Cyber ​​Range. Cyber ​​City provides a tactile learning environment for students (and even college guests) to see the real implications of a cyber attack. The two cyber environments allow students to attack and defend the city while learning about the different ways in which cybercrimes can occur.

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