IST Students Gain Skills Through New Computer Repair Shop

Instructor and student working on computer
Mar 19, 2021

Students in the Information Systems Technology Program can sharpen their troubleshooting and repair skills through the new Computer Repair Shop at Olney Central College.

Operated by IST students for the sole purpose of practice and learning, the Computer Repair Shop offers a wide range of services to the public including virus and malware removal, data transfer, hard drive backup, cleaning, Windows 10 Installation and custom builds. All services are provided at no cost.

“Computer repair is something that isn’t available in many of our local communities,” said Instructor PJ Zeilstra. “This is an opportunity to provide an option to area residents while giving my students the chance to use what they’ve learned in real-life scenarios.”

Interacting with clients also will aid students in improving their communication skills while learning what questions to ask when diagnosing problems, Zeilstra added.

IST student Ryan Wilborn, of Flora, is excited about volunteering in the Computer Repair Shop.

“I’m looking forward to providing help to people who may not know where else to go,” he said. “I love solving a problem that has been troubling me and other people. It’s very satisfying.”

The OCC Computer Repair Shop is housed at the West Richland Center in Noble. For more information or to arrange for services, visit the Computer Repair Shop on Facebook at, email, or call 618-393-3490.

Introduced in August 2019, OCC’s Information Systems Technology Program provides a solid foundation in both computer maintenance and networking.

Information Systems Technology is a Title III program that is supported in part by a five-year grant awarded to Olney Central College from the U.S. Department of Education effective October 1, 2018. The estimated total cost for all project activities is $2,506,775 financed by the grant award of $2,249,968 (90%) and $256,807 (10%) by Olney Central College.