CCI Systems makes substantial donation of networking equipment to university computer lab.

Written by Kirsti Wall, Technical Communicator, CCI Systems

IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich., March 3, 2017 — CCI Systems, a networks solution company headquartered in Iron Mountain, MI, has generously donated 50 pieces of computer and networking equipment to the School of Business and Economics at Michigan Technological University. This donation will support the new Information Systems Student Lab of the Management Information Systems (MIS) Program, created to give Michigan Tech students an opportunity to experiment with industry hardware and software in a free-form environment.

As a part of the student lab initiative, the MIS faculty reached out to industry partners from their advisory board asking for gently used, commercial-grade equipment for networking and computing. CCI Systems, being one of the advisory board’s industry partners, put together a large donation that exceeded the MIS Program’s expectations. This donation would not have been possible without the guidance and approval of Dean L. Johnson, Dean of the School of Business and Economics at Michigan Tech, and the hard work of the MIS faculty.

According to Dr. Jeffrey Wall, Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems in the School of Business and Economics at Michigan Tech, “The MIS students at Michigan Tech will benefit substantially from this opportunity to learn about networking and cybersecurity technologies through hands-on experimentation in a safe lab environment. The lab will provide them with further opportunities to experiment and interact with different operating systems and programs. The School of Business and Economics and the Management Information Systems faculty greatly appreciate CCI Systems’ generous donation of lab equipment. ”

“CCI believes in what the MIS is program is trying to achieve,” responded MIS advisory board member Evan Rice, Director of Information & Analysis Services at CCI Systems. “The future of our business depends on new, highly capable, technical professionals entering the job market. We find that MTU is uniquely positioned, both technologically and geographically, to provide those future employees. So for us, giving back to these programs is a no-brainer.”

This forward-looking opportunity provided through Michigan Tech reflects CCI’s corporate values of service and innovate, and this collaboration helps to empower the potential of students preparing to create the future. For more information on the Information Systems Student Lab, contact Dr. Jeffrey Wall at jdwall@mtu.edu, or visit www.mtu.edu/business/undergraduate/mis.



CCI Systems provides across the network communication solutions to service providers, health care, educational, power, and hospitality industries. With over 60 years of experience consulting, engineering, constructing, integrating, and managing complex communication networks, CCI delivers flexible, custom solutions for all network platforms.

For more information visit www.ccisystems.com



Michigan Technological University is a leading public research university in Houghton, on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  Michigan Tech’s mission is to prepare students to create the future. The University’s world-class faculty conducts research and develops new technologies to help build a prosperous and sustainable world. Michigan Tech’s five colleges and schools offer more than 130 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering; forest resources; computing; technology; business and economics; natural, physical and environmental sciences; arts; humanities; and social sciences.