Richland One graduate Al W. Minnigan helps keep the district’s computer network secure

December 20, 2021

In Richland One, Al W. Minnigan plays an integral role in ensuring the only people on the district’s computer network are those who are supposed to be on it. As a network security administrator in the Information Technology (IT) Department, he is responsible for monitoring and protecting the local system from suspicious traffic, such as phishing emails, problematic logins and serious violations.

Minnigan sets up firewalls and anti-virus protection, adds passwords to servers and restricts what users are allowed to do. His key responsibilities are to make sure all technology is working at an optimal level.

“The IT department is much larger, more diverse and more instrumental in daily operations than most people may realize,” said Minnigan. “Also, unlike the stereotype that IT people are introverts, Richland One’s IT department is very sociable, and we have great personalities.”

There are currently two IT positions open in the district and Minnigan encourages others to consider working at Richland One.

“I think opportunities for growth and advancement within and compensation for training and certifications, along with the opportunity to communicate concerns, are all reasons to give Richland One a try,” said Minnigan. “Richland One is the place to come if you want to make a difference in the lives of young people. Because at the end of the day, they are the reason we’re here.”

A 2000 graduate of Columbia High School, Minnigan said he jumped at the opportunity to apply to his alma mater some 15 years ago. As for the profession itself, he wasn’t one who knew IT would be his destiny.

“My mom encouraged me to take computer repair at Heyward Career and Technology Center when I was in the 11th grade. I begrudgingly agreed to take the class,” said Minnigan. “I thought it was for nerds. But, once I started learning, it was fascinating and overwhelmingly intriguing.”

Mentoring from Clifton Anderson, who was an instructional assistant in his computer repair class, equipped him with the other tools he would need before he landed his job in Richland One. The interpersonal skills, the notion of taking responsibility for one’s actions, honesty and professionalism, were the character skills Anderson imparted as a mentor to Minnigan.

“I came to appreciate his interest in my success,” he said.

Those who would like to begin a journey as an employee of Richland One may do so by clicking on the Employment tab from the home page, Then, click on the Job Openings link to Start an Application for Employment.