On Sept. 21, the University of Louisville (U of L) made its first donation of surplus computers to No Child Left Offline, an innovative program that recycles and refurbishes surplus state computers and distributes them to eighth graders without computers at home. U of L is the first higher education institution to contribute computers to No Child Left Offline. The initial donation includes 77 computers previously used by the university in multiple capacities.
"We are committed to using our resources to address the critical needs of Kentucky citizens," said U of L President James Ramsey. "We know how important it is to help every student succeed. By giving students computers they can use at home, we can help them do better in school."
"U of L should be applauded for being the first of Kentucky's higher education institutions to directly acknowledge the significance of No Child Left Offline through their support of the effort to place computers in the homes of Kentucky learners," ConnectKentucky President and CEO Brian Mefford said. "I hope this is the first of many U of L donations and a catalyst for future initiatives across all universities."
No Child Left Offline brings together public and private partners to help 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 need is the greatest. For many families, owning a computer is the first step to reaching the opportunities available through the Internet.
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, the Commonwealth Office of Technology and Kentucky Correctional Industries. Microsoft Corporation, CA, Inc. and Lexmark International donated software and printers to the project.
To date, nearly 900 No Child Left Offline computers have been distributed in five Kentucky counties. Organizations interested in partnering with No Child Left Offline 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 works 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 entities and universities working together to accelerate technology in the commonwealth.