Commissioner Mike Inman delivers more than 200 computers and Lexmark printers for the No Child Left Offline Program
More than 200 Clay County low-income eighth grade students and their families recently received free home computers, software and printers through the No Child Left Offline program. Clay County marks the second distribution of computers through the innovative program, and is the largest single allotment to date. No Child Left Offline recycles and refurbishes surplus state computers and donates them to eighth graders without computers at home.
"Technology plays an essential role in a child's education," said Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT) Commissioner Mike Inman, who was on hand to deliver the computers. "No Child Left Offline helps to close the gap for children who otherwise wouldn't have access to a home computer, allowing students and their families to continue learning outside of the classroom."
No Child Left Offline brings together public and private partners to help all Kentucky households join the Information Age. The program is the most comprehensive initiative of its kind undertaken by any state in the nation. It ensures that thousands of computers will be saved from landfills and used for the benefit of Kentucky families.
Today, approximately 215,000 Kentucky children live in homes without computers. No Child Left Offline is designed to help those families, providing access to technology where there is the greatest need. For many families, owning a computer is the first step to reaching the world of opportunities available through the Internet.
In conjunction with the distribution, Adult Education, Community Education & Safe Schools is sponsoring free computer and Internet training courses for recipients and their families. The "Basics of Computer and Internet Usage" classes will be held at Campbell-Reed Learning Center in Manchester, Kentucky, throughout the months of April and May. The first class will be on Wednesdays in April (5th, 12th, 19th and 26th) from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. The second class in May will also be on Wednesdays (3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th) from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
ConnectKentucky, a nonprofit organization that promotes technology-based economic development in the commonwealth is coordinating the project with operational support from the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Kentucky Department for Innovation and Commercialization. Additional state support is provided by the Education Cabinet, COT and Kentucky Correctional Industries. Microsoft Corporation, Computer Associates and Lexmark International donated software and printers to the project.
ConnectKentucky plans to distribute 2,000 refurbished computers to Kentucky eighth graders in 2006. Groups interested in participating may submit requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About ConnectKentucky: ConnectKentucky is leading the way into a new economy for Kentuckians. As an independent technology-based economic development organization, ConnectKentucky is working to ensure that Kentucky remains the place of choice to work, live and raise a family. ConnectKentucky is an alliance of technology-minded businesses, government entitles and universities working together to accelerate technology in the Commonwealth.
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