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Image: Valentine Olaleye and Jack Collins (seated) work on a computer
Jackson County technology teacher Jack Collins (seated) and Western student Valentine Olaleye of Charlotte (standing) work on a computer as part of an internship program in which business computer information system majors are providing technical support to Jackson County schools.

CULLOWHEE – Four Western Carolina University students majoring in business computer information systems have spent much of the spring semester working as interns in the Jackson County school system, helping the schools with a variety of computer-related problems.

Two of the students are working at Cullowhee Valley Elementary School, while two students are working out of the central office, providing technical support to eight county schools, said Daniel Clapper, head of Western's department of business computer information systems and economics.

“There are only two computer tech folks for the entire Jackson County school system, so this kind of help is desperately needed,” Clapper said. “The feedback I have received has been very positive.”

Jackson County school officials commended the Western students for providing valuable assistance for the benefit of school children. “They were able to take care of many of the repair needs in a short length of time, which enabled our students to have more time on the computers,” said Theresa Peters, principal at Cullowhee Valley School.  “The interns were always helpful and very interested in trying to help us. We appreciate all that they did for our students.” Western students taking part in the project are:

Ryan Thomas Arrowood of Enka, a junior majoring in business computer information systems. A 2002 graduate of Enka High School, Arrowood is the son of Kenny and Connie Arrowood.

LaTricia Freeman of Vanceboro, a senior majoring in business computer information systems. A 1999 graduate of West Craven High School, Freeman is the daughter of Mary and David Freeman.

Jared Mabry of Canton, a senior majoring in business computer information systems. A 2002 graduate of Thomas Dale High School, Mabry is the son of Kevin and Terri Mabry.

Valentine Olaleye of Charlotte, a senior majoring in business computer information systems. A 1997 graduate of a foreign high school, Olaleye is the son of Valentine and Theresa Olaleye.

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