Hodges University’s Fisher School of Technology Partners with Wounded Warrior Anglers of America, Inc.

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Students in the Fisher School of Technology at Hodges University are utilizing their IT skills and knowledge to assist the Wounded Warrior Anglers of America, Inc. (WWA) in establishing an internal network for the WWA’s new facility in Cape Coral.

The facility, which is 1,600 square feet, will be the official headquarters for the organization and will house its service center, which will be used by certified veteran services officers.

“I spoke with Christine Manson to see if any students might be interested in taking on this project for us,” said Capt. David Souders, founder and president of the Wounded Warrior Anglers of America, Inc. and Hodges student. Upon learning this information, Manson contacted Dr. Al Ball, dean of the Fisher School of Technology at Hodges, to discuss the opportunity.

“When Christine contacted me about the project, I thought about our students in the Fisher School of Technology Society. The society is always looking for ways to help within the community, so when Wounded Warrior presented us with this project, we knew it would be a great opportunity,” said Ball.

Recognizing the need for a Hodges faculty member to serve as the technical advisor, Ball entrusted Professor Jim Nichols, assistant professor of computer information technology, to oversee the project while Amanda Lanham, president of the Fisher School of Technology Society, created a plan.

“We are basically building their office’s internal network from the ground up. We plan to install their computers, printers, Internet, make sure all of their servers are up and running, ensure that they have Wi-Fi, and more,” said Lanham. “We hope to have five to six students helping so that they are ready to open on February 9.”

Dedicated to helping rehabilitate the mind, body and soul of all service members who have been injured, wounded or disabled in the line of duty, WWA uses fishing to mentor veterans and promote a friendly and peaceful environment.

Sounders, a veteran of both the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force, and a 100 percent disabled veteran, started WWA in 2010 after turning his passion for fishing into an opportunity to help fellow wounded warriors. Currently, WWA volunteers teach custom rod building, and with the new facility, Souders sees great opportunity for more interaction and educational programs.

About Wounded Warrior Anglers of America, Inc.:
Founded in 2010, Wounded Warrior Anglers of America, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping rehabilitate the mind, body and soul of all service members who have been injured, wounded or disabled in the line of duty no matter what their era of service. The mission is carried out by actively mentoring warriors while fishing. The fishing trips actively promote a friendly and peaceful environment and helps warriors heal by being around other veterans and caregivers who understand their mental and physical issues.

About the Fisher School of Technology:
The School of Technology was one of the first academic schools established at Hodges University. Renamed the Fisher School of Technology in 2011, students in this school have a desire to explore technology and how it can be used to improve the way we conduct business or the way we live our lives.

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