As part of Terra State Community College’s dynamic transformation, the institution is making internal enhancements to improve the students’ experience and staff’s performance. Because of this, Terra State has announced that it has invested in a new wireless network for its campus. The new network was activated in late April with plans for the legacy network to be deactivated the week of May 8. Installation began in January and completed in March.
The University of Toledo IT Department installed and configured the network through a contract with Terra State. The University of Toledo has an annual agreement with the College for IT services. The agreement is for IT support, programming, network and server support.
The total investment of replacing the legacy network was around $133,000. The new network will provide better coverage for Terra State staff and students. It will also have increased speed, allow for secure accounts and provide more levels of encryption. A new feature that was not available with the legacy network is a “guest network” that will allow persons visiting Terra State to access the wireless network without having to sign in. This feature is comparable to a guest network at a café or other public business area.
“For a rural campus, this type of investment will make a positive impact on the learning experience for our students,” says Terra State Community College President Dr. Jerome Webster. “We will continue to search for means that will contribute to Terra State being the best rural community college in the nation.”