Featured Project: Poway Unified School District

Established in 1962, the Poway Unified School District operates 25 elementary schools, six middle schools, five comprehensive high schools, and one continuation school. The district serves over 35,000 students and is the third-largest school district in San Diego County.

Before starting the 2016 fall semester, the District wanted to make changes within their infrastructure. They contacted several vendors, and after a competitive bidding process, VectorUSA won the project.

VectorUSA was tasked with three massive projects that needed to be ready by the end of August. The first project consisted of installing and configuring a turnkey LAN solution while training Poway IT staff on using the new system across 39 schools and one District office. The second consisted of transitioning a flat network to a VLAN network hierarchy. The third consisted of rolling out new Wide Area Network circuits provided by AT&T.

It was the end of July and on-site work was scheduled to begin June 13. In order to get ahead of the game, VectorUSA choose to spend two weeks performing in-house preparatory tasks such as creating a complete inventory and pre-programming all of the equipment. Operations Manager Rick McGee knew going in that proper time management was the only way to success. Rick approached this by grouping schools in geographical order, enabling our Superintendents and Site Leads to be as effective as possible. With only 40 days of onsite working access and so much to complete within a three-month window, the preparatory work allowed VectorUSA to move so fast that all requested work for one entire school was finished within a day.

With years of experience working on similar projects, Operations Manager Rick McGee, Project Manager Martin Lind, Project Coordinator Sharlene Kelly, Superintendent Anthony Douglas, Site Lead Raul Garcia, Site Lead Javier Ramirez, Network Engineer Jared Yu, Network Engineer Hammed Alshamaa, Network Engineer Bud Downing, Solutions Architect Ken Beck, and Aruba ClearPass Engineer Jeff Keese all contributed effectively executing each task within the allotted time frame.

By third week of August, the project was completed on time and under budget. The Poway Unified School District was up and running beyond satisfied. Yet another win on the books for VectorUSA.

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