CIS Club Students Tour Ashland Facilities
On Mon., Oct. 14, 2013, students of the Computer Information Systems (CIS) Club accompanied by Dr. Robert Mahaney, Professor of Information Systems, toured the Ashland, Inc., facilities in Lexington, Ky., to experience firsthand a typical day as an Information Technology (IT) professional. The CIS Club is a student run organization open to any students who are interested in IT, and is advised by Dr. Mahaney.
These students participated in the Ashland tour:
- Matt Baker (senior), Georgetown, Ky.
- Rocklyn Endfinger (senior), Richmond, Ky.
- Zack Fowler (senior), Elizabethtown, Ky.
- Rupal Patel (senior), Lexington, Ky.
- Lauren Thompson (senior), Ft. Thomas, Ky.
- Logan Wallen (senior), Monticello, Ky.
- Adam Weintraut (senior), Monticello, Ky.
“One of the main goals of these site visits is to expose students to what IT work is really like,” said Mahaney. During the tour students were received by an EKU alumnus, who acted as a chauffeur throughout the visit. This provided students with a detailed walkthrough of many daily IT tasks. Students also seized the opportunity to ask some important questions.
- What skills are required?
- What classes were most helpful?
- Are there any certificates that are useful?
- Is there a favorable GPA?
- What is the first year on the job like?
While exposure to the industry is a huge asset, the tour also allowed each student to expand their network by making connections with industry professionals. Events like the Ashland tour provide the opportunity for student to make positive impressions which can be beneficial when seeking future employment. Ashland currently employs a number of EKU alumni in a variety of IT positions.
- written by Andrew J. Stofleth, Student Assistant
EKU College of Business and Technology
Dr. Robert Mahaney
Published on October 15, 2013