Mesalands Community College has donated five laptop computers to public schools in Grady, House and Logan.
The donations were funded through a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) grant the college received in 2012 for Hispanic-serving institutions from the U.S. Dept. of Education, a news release from the college said.
The release said the computer donation is intended to improve access to STEM education. Mesalands ultimately wants to assist area high school students who want to take online and dual credit courses, the news release said.
“We are very happy that through federal grant money provided by the Department of Education, we are able to assist our local high schools in meeting some of their technology needs,” said Thomas W. Newsom, president of Mesalands.
Dennis Roch, superintendent of Logan Schools, said, “Logan students are always clamoring for additional higher-level dual credit enrollment opportunities. These computers are going to open the door to increases in just those kinds of opportunities.”
Roch said he anticipates Logan students will use the computers to take distance education courses through Mesalands, such as college algebra, trigonometry, chemistry, physics, computer information systems and possibly some new disciplines in the future.