Fox Valley - March 2016

  • Makeshop - 'Taking DIY and turning it into do-it-together'
  • Tour time at Google
  • Group shot at Google
  • Google Group shot
  • Jumping for Joy at the Giant's Causeway
  • Glasses half full in the Guinness Storehouse
  • Croke Park Behind the Scenes Tour
  • The Pep Talk in Croke Park Dressing Rooms
  • Walking the Rope - Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge
  • Visit to the Colourful Murals of Belfast

Last month, Steve Ebben, Instructor in ‘Computer Support and System Administration’ returned to Ireland with another group of students from Fox Valley Technical College. This Faculty Led programme was once again held in Dublin, Europe’s principal tech and data hub.

For many of the students involved, it was their first venture outside of the US, and while the focus of this particular programme is to offer the IT students from Wisconsin a deeper insight into the tech world on this side of the Atlantic, there was still an emphasis on embracing Irish culture and learning more about what Ireland has to offer. Every day was designed to be jampacked with opportunities to listen, learn and get involved. 

The students were brought to Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) to meet Irish IT students and dicuss the apps that they are building. This experience turned out to be a true highlight of the programme.

The students went on to visit different corporate environments, including Google and Dropbox. The students found this to be a very valuable experience and one student commented that ‘being able to go to the tech companies was great (too), it gives a tech student some great insights into what a company is looking for’.

The programme also included a behind the scenes meeting at Croke Park & the GAA Museum where the group had the chance to meet a member of the IT team and learn about the practical appliance of technology at the Stadium, the third largest in Europe.

The programme was rounded off with an overnight stay in Belfast, where the group visited the Titanic Experience centre, the evocative murals of East and West Belfast and the Giant’s Causeway. The programme as a whole had a lasting impression on the students. In their own words: ‘I have always known the Irish people were a fantastic lot, but actually meeting them was unbelievable – they are more open, bright, friendly and naturally funny than I could believe’. ‘Ireland would be (their) number one recommendation to any new student travelling abroad. ‘