IT students assist with Ambucs project

Courtesy photo Information technology students from South Hills School of Business & Technology worked together with Link Computer Corp. to organize data on the Ambucs AmTrykes program. Shown are (from left): front — students Cameron Buynack and Tyler Davis and Ambucs representatives John Lloyd, Bill Reintgen (also with Link Computer) and David Aikens; back — instructor Guido Santella and students Matthew Duman, Joshua Allison and Omar Brown.

Information technology students from the Altoona campus of South Hills School of Business & Technology have partnered with

Link Computer Corp. to improve technology for the Ambucs Altoona Chapter.

Ambucs is a national organization that serves children, teens and adults with disabilities by providing therapeutic AmTrykes, educational scholarships for physical therapists and residential ramp building.

David Aikens, Ambucs grant coordinator, and Bill Reintgen, senior account manager for Link Computer and fellow Ambucs member, originated the project concept when they were looking for an online solution to organize about 20 years’ worth of data related to the local Amtryke Therapeutic Tricycle Program.

Guido Santella, South Hills IT program instructor, decided to take on the challenge as a “real-world” project for his students.

The students met with Ambucs and Link representatives to show the project’s early progress and to determine if the system would meet the organization’s needs.

The next steps involved the project team making final changes and doing final testing.

Ambucs then provided actual records and recipient data to the team to import into the system.