Nicolet College - Nicolet, Rhinelander School District partner for Computers From the Heart
Nicolet College, Rhinelander School District
partner for Computers From the Heart
Posted Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011
These days computers are an essential part of education. For students of low-income families, purchasing a computer can be an insurmountable challenge. To help, the Nicolet College Information Technology (IT) program has partnered with the Rhinelander School District to offer the Computers From The Heart program, which is designed to get computers in the hands of students in grades three through 12.
Under the partnership, the Rhinelander school district collects its out-dated laptop computers and gives them to the college. Nicolet IT students then refurbish and update the computers and load educational software on the computers.
“This is a great partnership,” said Scott Biscobing, Nicolet IT instructor. “Eligible students in the school district get their own computers, the Nicolet students gain experience refurbishing and updating the laptops, and the school district doesn’t have to pay the cost to dispose of the computers.”
This year eight computers were given to families. Last year, the first year of the program, nine computers were distributed. Each family also received a 4GB flash drive to transport files.
“All of this was given to them for free,” Biscobing added. “They didn’t have to purchase anything. In one way it’s like a really nice holiday gift for these families.”