What better way to learn about the workings of a computer than by taking it apart and putting it back together.

With that thought, Barry Reynolds, Bainbridge State College associate professor of computer information systems, showed fifth-graders at Hutto Middle School in Bainbridge the inner workings of a computer while detailing what a profession as a computer information technician would be like.

Having students take screws out of a hard drive, replacing various components of the computer and passing around data ribbons, Reynolds told members of Mary Wilkin’s career classes what education and skills are necessary for a career in computer information.

“You have to have math skills,” Reynolds said. “It’s a constantly evolving field. You will never stop learning in my field.”

Reynolds said he has been teaching computer information technology for more than 12 years, and the systems he used then to teach his college students do not exist anymore. He told the Hutto students that they have to have the mindset of trial and error in order to figure out how to fix a broken computer.

Reynolds’ trip to Hutto is one way Bainbridge State is introducing young students to college. Another way was a group of local students recently toured the main campus, the first time many of them had been on a college campus.


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