Canyons District’s Information Technology Director Scot McCombs used to joke that there was about only one area where IT wasn’t a factor in education — the asphalt in school parking lots. That, he noted, might change in the not-so-distant future. He attended a presentation on the future of technology that introduced a concept in which tech is embedded in roads to create dynamic lanes and crosswalks to make transportation even safer for students. “It’s crazy to think how pervasive technology is and is a foundation that much of our lives are built on,” McCombs says. From processing grades to producing paychecks, sending out important messages to parents, and keeping bus routes updated, and so much more, IT touches just about every facet of the education process. On Sept. 20, 2022, IT Professionals Day, Canyons sends all the positive emojis to the District’s team of about 75 IT personnel who do amazing behind-the-scenes wizardry as field techs, engineers, Help Desk experts, business support developers, web managers, in-house development team members, tech specialists, and management.