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Wednesday, April 03, 2013 11:27 AM

Built in 1876, the architects of the Van Wert County Courthouse never could have imagined the technology that would be used 150 years later. So naturally, when Vantage Board member (and Van Wert County 911 Coordinator) Kim Brandt found out the courthouse network wiring was going to be updated, she contacted Vantage Network Systems instructor Larry Regedanz to see if the class would like to help out.

The two discussed the project at the Vantage Grand Open House in February. The courthouse technology network was out of date and they were having some trouble with their Internet due to internal wiring problems. Regedanz and his senior class went through the building — from the basement to the clock tower — checking out switches, hubs and network wiring for the 45 courthouse computers. They found some wiring that needed to be replaced and set up a schedule that would have them work at the courthouse on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, replacing Cat 5 wiring with Cat 6 wiring. This is a wiring upgrade which future-proofs the courthouse for faster Internet speed and helps protect against electrical interference.

“There are some unique experiences on this project that students would never get in a lab. For example, they were standing on a piece of plywood in the attic of the courthouse, it was relatively dark, and they were making Cat 6 cables. The students discovered that making those cables on site is much more difficult than making them while sitting in a classroom,” Regedanz said.

“We’re all very excited to have the opportunity to work with the Vantage students on this project. Mel Nomina is the lead person on the project and he’s glad to provide the students with the experience of running the new cable,” Brandt said.

Senior Jaquobe Markward (Lincolnview) stated, “This project is a great learning experience for us to help us get ready for future jobs.”
Other seniors working on the courthouse project are Dylan Boroff (Lincolnview), Austin Meyer (Ottoville), and Wyatt Sawyer (Paulding).


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