Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2009 Computer Network Administration/Hatboro-Horsham High School graduate, Jim Bishop, is Upper Moreland School District’s Network Administrator. He turned his interest in computers into a successful career in the networking field, while gaining a head start at EASTERN.
Bishop was only interested in computers on a hobby-level while growing up. While in tenth grade, Bishop became interested in the programs offered at EASTERN. Of the 14 programs offered, Computer Network
Administration and Electronics Engineering Technology interested him the most. After a visit to EASTERN, he felt as though Computer Networking Administration would be the best fit. Bishop was so successful in the
Computer Network Administration program that by the end of his first year at EASTERN, he was hired as a paid intern for EASTERN’s Technology Management Systems Department. After high school graduation, Bishop completed his Associate Degree in Computer Networking at Montgomery
County Community College (MCCC). MCCC’s Network Administration Concentration of the Networking AAS program prepares graduates with knowledge and skills in networking, computer support, and data communications. Bishop entered MCCC with 12 credits earned through his Computer Network Administration program at EASTERN. Bishop plans to pursue his Bachelor Degree in Business at Temple University.
After his internship at EASTERN ended in 2011, he saw a job posting for the Upper Moreland School District
Network Administrator position. During his second interview for the position he was asked to respond to potential network problems explaining how he would approach the issues in each scenario. He was hired by EASTERN alumnus, Ian Carder, Upper Moreland School District’s IT Coordinator. Bishop is responsible for the network and server maintenance for all of Upper Moreland School District. He works with all administrators and staff on a daily basis.
“I do not know where I would be without the education I received at EASTERN – but I do know that I would not be as happy as I am,” said Bishop. “Computer Network Administration is not an easy class, but if you work hard, the field can take you far. Or if you are like me – it can take you right across the street from EASTERN.”
EASTERN’s Computer Network Administration program is a two-year half-day program for high school juniors and seniors in which students must pass the Certified Linux Administrator (CLA) exam in the first year and are prepared for two other industry certification exams: Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) and Novell Certified Administrator (NCA). First-year seniors are welcome providing there is room in the class.
EASTERN is a public school serving students in nine Eastern Montgomery County school districts. Those districts include Abington, Bryn Athyn, Cheltenham, Hatboro-Horsham, Jenkintown, Lower Moreland, Springfield, Upper Dublin and Upper Moreland. Students benefit from specialized career programs that give them a competitive edge in college or in a career. The campus is at 3075 Terwood Road in Willow Grove. For more information, please contact Amy Shields, Organizational Advancement Director, at 215-784-4806, or visit the school’s website at www.eastech.org.
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