2017-01-05 / Schools

Students in Ventura County win laptops

Forty-five students from 14 Ventura County high schools each received a Dell Latitude laptop equipped with a Microsoft Office Suite software package, a carrying case, a flash drive and 4-year warranty, as part of the Workforce Education Coalition’s Laptop Advantage program last month.

The Simi Valley-based Workforce Education Coalition is a nonprofit organization that works with schools and businesses in an effort to build a skilled regional workforce.

A $15,000 grant from the Alcoa Foundation made the coalition’s laptop program possible.

Students submitted a teacher recommendation and an essay about why they need a personal laptop.

Because they now have the tools they need to excel, these students will no longer be at a disadvantage when they walk into a classroom, Jacobsen said.

The new laptops allow them to complete and submit online homework, do research, write reports, create PowerPoint presentations, and complete college and financial aid applications.

In 2017, the WEC hopes to continue its Laptop Advantage program and add graphing calculators to the gifts awarded to students.

For more information about the WEC, email Jacobsen at WorkforceEC@gmail.com.

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