In-Synch Systems recently donated software and training for their In-Synch RMS, valued at $15,000 to the Mercer County Career Center (MCCC). The donation supports the MCCC protective services program, offering students a real experience using a records management software (RMS). The In-Synch RMS was installed on October 1, 2019, and students began reporting right away.
Students have positive reviews. “The In-Synch RMS is easy to use, it's adaptable allowing you to use the program how you want it,” said Aidan Jones, junior at MCCC. “We’ve been inputting data into the daily log after we do our daily checks. We print off reports every day.”
Ed Carter, Protective Services Instructor at MCCC and Chief of Police at Jamestown Borough Police Department has seen report writing evolve. “We did reports on a small notepad when I started in law enforcement,” said Carter. “When I became the Chief at Jamestown, we used Microsoft Word documents. I had a form the officers followed, but we lost data over the years.”
Photo courtesy of Gerard Zarella: Jones (left) is planning to go into firefighting or enter the military after graduation. Ian Wimer, senior at MCCC is planning to study forensic science after graduation.
The In-Synch RMS helped Jamestown Borough organize their data. “For a small department and a small budget, the In-Synch RMS fit us well,” Carter said. “We’ve been able to streamline things. I can easily enter the National Incident-Based Reporting (NIBRS) information, manage department data, pull reports; everything is in one place.”
Carter approached In-Synch Systems with the idea to offer a realistic experience to the students at MCCC.
Implementing the RMS at MCCC has fulfilled an important piece to the student experience. “Students don’t really know computers, and they don’t know the importance of them in the workforce,” said Carter. “In a lot of training programs, personnel are being trained to write reports on paper. Departments struggle to get personnel that can acclimate to digital report writing.”
“Knowing the In-Synch RMS offers them a basic understanding they can transfer into any department or career,” Carter added.
MCCC offers a variety of career and technical programs allowing students to acquire technical and workplace skills. MCCC has 14 areas students can study including auto mechanics, carpentry, collision repair, computer information technology, cosmetology, culinary arts, diesel mechanics, early childhood education, electronics tech, health care, innovation and entrepreneurial development, precision production metals, protective services, and welding. The goal of MCCC is to direct students on pathways that lead to successful careers, either by going directly into the workforce or continuing their education.