Wednesday, September 21, 2016, Southside Virginia Regional Technology Consortium (SVRTC) had the opening meeting of the 2016-17 school year. The meeting took place at Nottoway High School with members from twelve divisions present: Amelia, Brunswick, Colonial Heights, Cumberland, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Pittsylvania, Prince Edward, Prince George, Sussex
Jeremy Satterfield, Director of Community Outreach and Innovative Programs, with Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation (MBC) spoke to members about the upcoming First Robotics Competition (FRC) and MBC’s recruitment to support new robotics teams in Southside Virginia. Each new team would be given $6,000.00 and up to $4,000.00 in matching funds. Mr. Satterfield reported that MBC will do the same for the upcoming FRC season but this year’s money is contingent on the commitment of the School Board and Superintendent to continue the FRC program for two years. Last season, Mr. Satterfield reported that he worked closely with Bill Wilson, SVRTC/ITTIP Senior Technology Engineer, to recruit six new SVRTC FRC teams. He stated that Bill Wilson will continue to provide support for each new team.
Members also heard a presentation from Jon Larsen and Ryan Kennedy from Richweb. Richweb is a network, web, application, and datacenter services company that delivers high quality engineered solutions for small to medium businesses. Mr. Larsen explained the benefits’ school divisions would experience with the services provided through the company. SVRTC member Barry Taylor, Technology Specialist with Prince George County Schools, shared that his division has worked with Richweb for the past three years to trouble shoot network, routing and DNS set-up. Richweb was able to identify and correct all their issues.