The Carroll College Tech Saints program is a tech training program staffed by Carroll College students. The tech saints are available for in-person consultation from 6pm until 10pm Sunday through Thursday during the regular academic year, excluding holidays.
The Tech Saints provide routine troubleshooting assistance for Carroll students that need to connect to Carroll's wireless internet, run computer updates, and other "traditional" tech support issues, but that's only a small part of what the Tech Saints do.
The Tech Saints are equipped to provide personalized training in using a variety of computer hardware and software for any student that needs it. Instead of being a typical tech "support" group that students call after there is a problem, the Tech Saints are available to provide training and advice before problems occur. In this way the Tech Saints allow students to focus on the material they are studying rather than the technology used to study it.
Professors at Carroll can enlist the help of the Tech Saints to support students for specific projects in their class. If a professor wishes to give a video project, for example, they can ask the Tech Saints to provide video-editing support sessions for their students during the time they are working on the project. This way, the professor is free to assign innovative projects that increase learning within their discipline without having to become an expert in the technology used in the project. In short, we believe professors have enough expertise to share within their discipline that they shouldn't have to worry about becoming experts in technology as well. The Tech Saints are here to provide that technological expertise so that professors can focus on their discipline-specific teaching.
My name is Rob, and I am a Tech Saint here at Carroll College. I am majoring in Computer Information Systems (CIS) while also going for a certificate in Project Management.
I applied to be a Tech Saint because I wanted to acquire some practical experience in my field of study, as well as help my peers when their technology acts up (computers are great when they work, but are a real bear when you have to fix them).
Three interesting facts about me... I am a certified SCUBA diver, and have been since I was 13 (after I got my certification, I dove off the boat into the Pacific down in Mexico; talk about some cold water). I am an avid PC gamer, having just built myself a custom gaming pc this last January (and I upgraded it in early August), and spend more time on it than I am comfortable admitting. The last interesting fact about me is that I am a recent Mac convert, but still think they are overpriced for the hardware/software.
My name is Kara Osterback and I’m from Spokane. Washington. I am a double major in Computer Science and Computer Information Systems. I came to Carroll because I loved how small the school is. Carroll definitely feels like a family. I became a Tech Saint because I wanted to help the students at Carroll know that there is always someone they can go to for technology help. I am on the Carroll golf team and I have been playing golf for eight years. I love almost every kind of animal, except for snakes. I am a sports buff. I love watching or playing sports.
My name is Kidron Lee and I am a native Montanan from Polson. I am in my freshmen year here at Carroll and am majoring in Computer Science.
When I applied for a position as a Tech Saint, I was hoping to gain experience that coincides with my field of study. I was also interested in the prospect of being able to help other Carroll students struggling with IT problems.
I enjoy hiking, long days at Flathead Lake and, of course, Netflix (binge watching is always a problem for me).
Hi! My name is Joseph Ikehara, and I am a freshman Tech Saint here at Carroll College. I am majoring in Computer Science.
I applied to be a Tech Saint because I want to learn as much about computers while I'm here at Carroll. Considering my major, this position is a fantastic opportunity for me, and I'm glad that I can do it.
I also play trumpet in the jazz band at Carroll. I have a lot of fun doing it and think I'm pretty good at it, so come on down and say hi if you ever get to listen to us! I'm also in the pep band, so you can see me at some of the home games for football, volleyball, and basketball. Go Saints!
Hi everyone I'm Carl Holm. I like to say I'm mechanical engineering major from Salt Lake City, but things are never quite that simple.
I originally came from a small town on the border of Utah and Arizona, where everyone majored in construction. More specifically, I was a mechanic, and have probably spent more time under the hood than in the classroom. When I was 15 years old, I left my hometown and family so I could go to high school. My family didn't necessarily approve of my decision, and I've had very little contact with them since then. Fast forward 3 years and I'm wondering how I got here. I used to think I was going to the Unversity of Utah, but Carroll really grew on me. The mountains and smaller population eventually won me over, and now I'm proud to be a Saint.
I joined the techsaints because I wanted to learn and be able to help others learn. The learning process is always mutual. Every time I help others, I learn new things from them too.
I am a very outdoorsy person, and that played a large role in choosing Carroll. I am also a huge motorsports enthusiast who can't afford any motor toys yet. I love both watching and playing most sports, but basketball is my favorite.
Samantha Ward is a fun-loving biochemistry major from Idaho. She came to Carroll to continue her education and enjoy Montana (especially the mountains). As soon as she saw the position, she knew she wanted to become a Tech Saint, and is now thoroughly enjoying helping fellow students solve technology problems. Samantha is a fan of Indian food, dancing, and gazing at the night sky.