Columbus State to Receive Funds for Tech Upgrades

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Columbus State Community College will get nearly $681,000 for technology upgrades throughout campus thanks to state Controlling board approval, state Rep. Michael Stinziano says. 

Without comment, the state Controlling Board on Monday approved releasing the funds in two segments - $565,890 for a fast technology upgrade and $115,079 for additional equipment and other enhancements. 

"Technology is everywhere, entwined in almost every part of our lives. It affects how we shop, socialize, connect, play, and most importantly how we learn," said Stinziano, a Columbus Democrat. "With technology's great and increasing presence in our lives it only makes sense to have the right technology in our classrooms." 

According to state records, the first project will improve the existing information technology system by replacing outdated, no longer supported infrastructure and equipment. 

These upgrades will permit Columbus State to develop an enhanced IT system that can offer students the technologically advanced experience they expect from an institution of higher education. Work includes upgrading the campus' wireless infrastructure, network infrastructure, server environment, lab and staff computers, audio visual equipment, and regional telephony infrastructure. 

The second project also involves equipment upgrades and some renovation of existing space. Made up of six state lawmakers and a representative of the governor's office, the state Controlling Board has the final say over some of the state's larger spending projects.