FM eyes major tech upgrade

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ Capital Projects Committee last week reviewed a proposed $800,000 Fulton-Montgomery Community College major technology upgrade project for 2014.

FMCC President Dustin Swanger discussed the proposal with the panel at the County Office Building. The committee meets again at 1 p.m. Aug. 22.

“The servers that we have are starting to fail,” Swanger said.

He said the campus needs a major $800,000 technology upgrade. State and federal aid is expected to fund half of the project, with the other $400,000 requires split $200,000 equal contributions from the sponsoring counties.

“This is a big chunk [of money].” Swanger said. “The infrastructure needs to be replaced.”

The college’s first capital priority was design of Classroom Building renovations, but FMCC couldn’t receive grant funding for that proposal.

According to the capital plan technology upgrade project submitted by FMCC, phase one of the work is replacement and upgrade of a variety of campus technology and network equipment. Upgrades would occur in these areas: disaster recovery; classroom, laboratories and library technology; infrastructure, and administrative computing. The project includes an upgrade of the FMCC Network Core and Datacenter, and installation of a new desktop system.

The plan notes that the college wants to “improve FM’s competitive positioning among a younger demographic, which tends to be web-oriented in their shopping and purchasing habits as a result of being highly connected and involved in social media in general.”

“We haven’t had a major project like this in 10 years,” Swanger said.

Board Chairman William Waldron said he’s toured the campus and “seen how some of these projects need to be done.”

“The technology upgrade becomes their number one priority at this moment,” county Budget Director Alice Kuntzsch said.

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