Concorde Blog - Mar 15, 2021
During normal times, students often need assistance for any number of reasons such as transportation or childcare. COVID has brought about different needs as students have transitioned to online learning for 50% or more of their learning. The need for computers at home for students to use, since school labs are closed, keeps growing.
Our Aurora campus was able to form the perfect partnership to deal with this exact issue. Dr. Vanessa Davis-Warner, Director of Student Affairs explains, "Student Affairs began to notice that we were getting more requests than normal for computers in February, and so I started researching local computer companies to see if they could help us."
During the search Davis-Warner came across a company called PCs for People and it was a perfect fit. PCs for People is a Microsoft Authorized third party computer refurbisher and a nonprofit as well. "I met with one of the store project managers and shared with her the diversity of our student population and that many of our full-time students are considered working poor while in school."
PCs for People's primary missions to provide affordable computers and internet access to those families that live below the poverty line. "After our talk, PCs for People decided that it would be happy to partner with us to support the college and its students. Each time a student requests a computer, we forward an email to the company with the student name, school ID, and program of study," Dr. Davis-Warner's continues, "then students receive an email with the location for the closest PCs for People in the Denver community and each student picks up their own computer and pays the company."
The cost of a desktop or laptop can range from $30-100 dollars which includes the keyboard and mouse, and for an additional $20 they get a camera. "To date we have requested approximately 50 computers and we expect more as the year goes on." Dr. Davis-Warner lauds, "The partnership with PCs for People has allowed the college to retain students during the pandemic, allowing the option of offering students affordable computers and internet. We couldn't be happier with how it all turned out."
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