For Immediate Release
Further Information: Contact Joseph Giomboni
Public Relations Office, (570) 208-5958
September 21, 2012 - The Information and Instructional Technology Services (IITS) Department of King’s College, in conjunction with three of the college’s vendors, recently donated almost $10,000 in computer equipment to the Computer Maintenance Technology Program at the West Side Career and Technology Center (WSCTC) in Kingston.
The donated equipment includes approximately 15 Dell desktop computers, network printer, projector, interactive white board, videoconferencing system, and personal data assistants (PDAs). The value of the equipment is almost twice the annual budget for the computer maintenance technology program. The donated desktop computers will almost double the number currently available to the approximately 35 students in the program.
The need for the equipment became apparent after members of the King’s IITS department volunteered to serve on the Occupational Advisory Committee at WSCTC. The purpose of the advisory board is to offer insight and guide the program with regards to the current trends in business, industry and higher education.
In addition to donating equipment, the King’s IITS members solicited the assistance of vendors the College uses for its computer and educational technology equipment. Equipment was donated by Dell, PolyVision, and B2B Computer Products.
“It is extremely important that our students in the Computer Maintenance Technology Program are being trained on the latest equipment. This very generous donation by King’s College, Dell, PolyVision, and B2B Computer Products will greatly improve the preparedness of these students in the information technology field. Gaining experience with the equipment may also help these students with critical decisions they will have to make about either furthering their education or entering a career.”
The equipment donation will be part of an on-going community outreach program between the IITS department at King’s and WSCTC.
“The IITS Division at King’s College is always proud to participate in outreach programs that directly support and improve our neighboring community,” said Paul Moran, executive director of IITS. “Creating opportunities for local high school students benefits everyone. We are also grateful to our vendor partners for their continued support of King’s mission to benefit students from working-class families.”
The West Side Career and Technology Center provides programs for students from the Dallas, Lake Lehman, Northwest, Wyoming Area and Wyoming Valley West school districts.
Pictured in the first row with some of the donated equipment is, from left, WSCTC students Justin Romanoski, Luzerne; Alton Baggett, Larksville; and Manielyah Welcome, Kingston.
Pictured in the second row, from left, is Ian Nelson, a WSCTC student from Forty Fort; Gary Miller, WSCTC Computer Maintenance Technology instructor; Nancy Tkatch, WSCTC Administrative Director; Paul Moran, executive director of IITS, King’s College; Raymond Pryor, managing director of user services, King’s College IITS; Timothy Barron, key account representative, PolyVision; and Erik Conley, account executive, public accounts, Dell Computer.
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