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TechCentric contributes to CCAP’s “Lending a Helping Hand” Holiday Food Drive

About the Program

CCAP Holiday Food Drive

In the weeks preceding Thanksgiving, TechCentric helped contribute to the Cranston, Rhode Island based Comprehensive Community Action Program, or better known as CCAP. According to their About page, “Comprehensive Community Action Program is a Cranston-based private, nonprofit community action agency formed under the 1964 Economic Opportunity Act.” The program is one of Rhode Island’s largest organizations that are solely focused on fighting the war on poverty by empowering people and communities that have been challenged by poverty as well as “social and cultural barriers through advocacy, education, and access to high quality health and human services”.

The Drive

Starting in October of this year, CCAP began the 2015 “Lending a Helping Hand” Holiday Food Drive which spanned over a month, starting October 9th through November 18th. The goal of the drive was to acquire enough food to make three hundred Thanksgiving food baskets for families in need. Many of the items that were requested were food items such as canned corn, canned yams, boxed mashed potatoes, and frozen turkey to name a few. On top of food, they were also accepting gift cards for grocery stores and direct donations to the organization for the drive.

TechCentric’s Contribution

Although food was primarily what CCAP focused on receiving, we wondered what we could do to help this cause. That was when we at TechCentric decided to contribute by donating funds to help pay for food and supplies. We hoped that by doing so, we would greatly assist CCAP to achieve their goal to give a delicious Thanksgiving dinner to families that have unfortunately fallen victim to poverty.

“Team Building” exercises between our Providence and Connecticut offices

“Team Building” exercises

On Friday, November 6th, TechCentric held “Team Building” exercises between our Providence and Connecticut offices. The day consisted of games, laughs, and great food. The offices met early Friday morning at a lake house in Massachusetts to begin the day.

Exercises

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The exercises were performed to increase the relationship between both offices, as both offices only see each other a handful of times throughout the year. Of the exercises performed, the biggest hit had to be Hollywood Squares, a classic. TechCentric’s Peter O’Hara and John Malley of Integration, Inc. battled it out in Hollywood Squares, and in the end, Peter came out on top.

Lunch

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After the “Team Building” exercises, lunch ensued. John Malley was the chef for the day, with help from Amy and Chrissy. They prepared steaks, baked potatoes, and salad. The food was excellent, and everyone from both offices had a great time.

From TechCentric, we look forward to meeting with our Connecticut office in the near future.

TechCentric bids “Farewell” and “Good Luck” to Brandon Patterson

063It is with mixed feelings that we say farewell to Brandon Patterson. A feeling of sadness to see him go, and yet happiness to see him extending his career boundaries.

Brandon first joined our team, fresh out of college. We had the fortunate opportunity to see him grow into a valuable member of our organization. Those of us who have worked with Brandon have found him to be a very conscientious, professional and hard-working young man.

Brandon’s outgoing and friendly personality helped to create a pleasant environment to work in and he is held in high regard by his colleagues here at TechCentric. His contributions have been a great benefit to this organization and, undeniably, he will be deeply missed here.

We have no doubt that wherever Brandon takes his career, he will continue to prove himself as an asset to that organization. Please join us in wishing Brandon the very best of luck and the greatest of success in all his future endeavors.

 

WordCamp Rhode Island 2015

WordCamp

Like WordCamp Boston, WordCamp Rhode Island is an event that focuses on “everything WordPress”. It is a two day event, which is broken up into sessions, which are also organized by category. The categories consisted of; Beginner, Developer, and Business. The event is great for those looking to create a foundation in WordPress, up to those with advanced skills. It can also help Businesses in their search to better their web presence.

You can read more about WordCamp Rhode Island by clicking here.

The Event

WordCamp Rhode Island 2015

TechCentric’s Peter O’Hara and David Shoemaker attended both days of WordCamp Rhode Island. The first day was more of hands on teaching sessions, and the second was more presentation based learning.

The first days sessions were a bit longer, due to them being hands on, but a lot was learned. It took place in a classroom environment, and was meant for attendees to follow along with the presenters.

The second day was a bit more conventional, and was like both days at WordCamp Boston. The sessions were much shorter than the first, but there was the possibility to learn snippets from more than one topic.

TechCentric Handling Mulvey’s Project IT Needs

About the Project

The Mulvey’s Project is being taken on by NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley. The project is located on 40 South Main Street in Woonsocket, and is at the site formerly known as Mulvey’s Hardware Store.
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Project Objectives

NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley has high goals for the Mulvey’s Project, as they plan to completely revive the old vacant hardware store. Currently, they are working on the physical construction, reviving the surrounding environment, and removing all hazards previously used in the building.

Their plan is to turn this Downtown Woonsocket vacancy into a “hub of activity”, which includes several uses. These uses include; six low-income apartments, a culinary incubator, an art studio, an indoor event area, and an outdoor plaza to host public markets and events. You can find out more about the project on NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley’s post about the Mulvey’s Project.

TechCentric’s Role

TechCentric has been servicing NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley’s IT needs in Rhode Island for over three years. This involves anything from network infrastructure and phone systems, to email and security systems.

In the new Mulvey’s Project, TechCentric has a role in providing network infrastructure, security surveillance, access control, and VoIP telephone services.

Pictured is TechCentric’s Jason Haley working with building contractors onsite at the Mulvey’s Project.

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Peter’s trip to Aruba Atmosphere Local

Logo-Partner-ArubaWho is Aruba?

Aruba Networks, Inc. is a networking vendor, which sells enterprise wireless networking equipment. Aruba is a very reputable company, and their products are used world wide. They currently hold the second position in market share of the wireless LAN market.

Atmosphere Local

Atmosphere Local are sessions hosted by Aruba, which are hosted in cities across the US. Below is a short blurb from Aruba about Atmosphere Local:
“Join Aruba engineers, product managers, and Wi-Fi experts in a city near you for a local version of the industry’s largest mobility-focused event of the year: Atmosphere.

Atmosphere Local brings together the best Airheads and Partner sessions to a city near you. Look forward to a day of discussion, collaboration and knowledge transfer under one common theme: How Tomorrow Moves.”

The Event

With TechCentric being a Certified Aruba Reseller, TechCentric’s Peter O’Hara attended the session in Boston, MA. The event was filled with a lot of knowledge, laughs, and great food.

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