Guthrie High School has a technological oasis called the Black Box Studio. In this studio, students work on videos, blogs, websites, music, social media, and all other things technological. Mr. Wilson has done an amazing job of offering courses that are fit our students interests. One of the best success stories to come out of the Black Box is one that not many people may be aware of, computer repair.
If you have ever dropped your laptop, iPad, or other valuable electronic device, then you know how easy it is to damage them. You also probably know how expensive it is to have them repaired. What you may not know is just how difficult it is to repair them. Guthrie CSD has developed a way to save the district some money, utilize student talent, and help Mr. Wilson all at the same time. His name is Gustavo Sandoval. Sandoval is a senior at Guthrie High School and has made a name for himself as the go-to-guy for technology repair. Thanks to the guidance and motivation of Mr. Wilson, the school Technologist, Gustavo has developed into quite the expert in computer repair.
Gustavo took Principal Chisum's laptop which had a good screen but some problems with the keyboard, and replaced the keyboard on a laptop that had a broken screen. Gustavo also added some more storage capabilities to the laptop while he was at it, like it was no big deal. Techpowerup.com lists computer repair rates at a flat rate of $80.00 per hour, plus travel expenses. If the typical iPad screen repair takes Gustavo three hours, that would be a bill of $240.00 for labor, not counting the cost of the new screen and any delivery charges that may apply. Gustavo takes this job very seriously as he feels it will help him later in life.
Not only is Gustavo doing a great service for Guthrie CSD, he is honing his skills for his future in Diesel Mechanics. He plans to use what he is learning here at Guthrie High School to attend South Plains College and receive his Diesel Mechanic Certification. Sandoval says, "Diesel mechanics have a lot to do with using computers and technology." With his experience in repair work, he is heading into the right career and will one day make an amazing mechanic. If you see Gustavo walking the halls, tell him thank you for a job well done.