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Local Business Donates Computer Hardware to R-MC



Nov 28, 2017

11/28/17

RichWeb DonationRVA-IX.net, whose parent company RichWeb specializes in comprehensive technology solutions for medium to large enterprises and non-profits, recently donated computer hardware to the Randolph-Macon College Computer Science Department.

The hardware—including servers used to study virtualization and network routers and switches used to study network design and cybersecurity—will be used to enhance courses taught by the Computer Science faculty, including cybersecurity courses taught by Professor John McManus '84.

"Our cybersecurity courses," says McManus, "will benefit from the dedicated network hardware and application servers. This donation provides an excellent foundation for expanding our students' experience and reinforcing the materials learned in the classroom. Students can experiment and learn in a realistic environment."

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RichWeb has been supporting R-MC's Bassett Internship program for several years, says McManus.

"RichWeb has provided several of our students with internships, usually during January Term (J-term). For example, Samantha Cameron '16 and Caleb Hatcher '16 did internships at the company, where they honed their network engineering and programming skills and learned how to configure routers and network switches." Both interned under the guidance of Mark Lea (CEO and co-founder), and Jon Larsen (Chief Technology Officer).

Some R-MC students who interned at RichWeb have gone on to work there, including Jacob Dunn '14, a programmer at the company.

"We've had an ongoing partnership with the company for some time, and when they recently approached me to ask if I could review curriculum they were developing for local high schools I was happy to help," says McManus. "RichWeb has been a leader in helping local schools effectively introduce students to computer science and advanced technologies. I've worked with RichWeb to review some of the material, and they have done amazing work developing and testing a curriculum that can be used in classrooms across Hanover County. They are now donating the hardware and access to the curriculum to local high schools. We are very lucky to have Richweb in the community."