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M-State team helps prepare for disaster

A team of students from Minnesota State Community and Technical College -- Detroit Lakes put its expertise to work with the development of a disaster recovery plan for the Boys & Girls Club of Detroit Lakes.

The second-year students in the Computer Network Security Program compiled data, interviewed staff, took inventory and reviewed procedures before presenting the organization's directors with the results of their service learning project.

The plan developed by students addresses two potential situations: a natural disaster which forces the Boys & Girls Club to relocate the organization, and information technology disasters including equipment malfunctions or the loss or destruction of data. Students involved in the project were Augustus Klemm, Gretchen Norby, Jason Schultz and Michael Teckemeyer.

Information Technology instructor Nona Willet, who supervised the project, said the students developed a dynamic disaster recovery plan that meets the current needs of the Boys & Girls Club and can also be modified and expanded as the club grows and changes.

"Every business and organization can experience a serious incident which can prevent it from continuing normal operations," Willet said. "Businesses can be affected by flood, fire, computer malfunction, accidents ... the list is endless. This good work is just one example of what graduates of M State's Information Technology programs can do for an organization."

As a member of the Minnesota State College and Universities System, M State serves more than 6,500 students in credit courses each term through more than 120 career and liberal arts programs at its four campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena, and online. By partnering with communities, the college also provides custom training services and other responsive training programs.