Thursday, April 18, 2024

Harrisonville Senior benefits from partnership with City for internship

 Senior benefits from partnership with City for internship

Harrisonville High School senior Aidan Walton is gaining valuable real world experience in the world of technology through an internship with the City of Harrisonville.

Aidan's journey into the realm of IT began with a simple connection made at Harrisonville Cares Coalition meetings, where he's actively involved with the HHS Traction team. Through conversations with HHS counselor Julie Zaring and City Administrator Brad Ratliff, Aidan secured an internship in the city’s IT department working with Director of Administrative Services Jeremy Smith.

According to Smith, Aidan's fresh perspective has already made an impact on the team. Aidan’s work involves assisting with user trouble tickets, participating in project meetings, and learning more about the intricate world of cybersecurity. His ability to communicate effectively, coupled with a genuine passion for technology, sets him apart as a valuable asset to the team.

Smith expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to mentor Aidan.

Aidan spends about two hours a day at his internship. He said his internship has brought his learning to action. “I’ve learned how to utilize my education in actual scenarios.”

Aidan plans to attend Metropolitan Community College at Longview to earn an associate’s degree in Secure Systems Administration and Engineering (Cyber Security).