Ohio Supercomputer Center’s supportive environment helps student develop professional skills

COLUMBUS, Ohio (May 25, 2023) — 

When Nicholas Johnson was in high school, he kept hearing that he should avoid office jobs because he wouldn't like working 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. behind a desk.

Liz and Nicholas discuss work in front of storage cabinets
Student Nicholas Johnson, left, has gained experience with office administration in his work with Liz Stong, right, and other staff at the Ohio Supercomputer Center.

But Johnson decided to try an office position first before writing off the work environment. He applied for a position with the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) and was hired in late 2019. OSC is part of the Ohio Technology Consortium (OH-TECH), a division of the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

Johnson works as an executive student assistant at OSC, where he focuses on office administration. The position has provided him with supportive colleagues and a low-pressure environment that has allowed him to develop his organization and communication skills, he said.

This article is part of a series highlighting how the Ohio Technology Consortium offers Ohio college students employment opportunities that provide hands-on experience in fields ranging from information technology and engineering to communications and administration.

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About OSC: The Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) addresses the rising computational demands of academic and industrial research communities by providing a robust shared infrastructure and proven expertise in advanced modeling, simulation and analysis. OSC empowers scientists with the services essential to making extraordinary discoveries and innovations, partners with businesses and industry to leverage computational science as a competitive force in the global knowledge economy and leads efforts to equip the workforce with the key technology skills required for 21st century jobs.