Local School Receives Microsoft's Largest Tech Donation Ever

Paul Lilly

Microsoft this week announced plans to donate more than $1 million in grant money to the two schools at the Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez Learning Center in Los Angeles. The grant will enable the schools to equip their campuses with state-of-the-art technology and includes a $50,000 cash donation for ongoing technical support, teacher and student training, curriculum, and mentoring opportunities for students to learn about new careers, Microsoft said.

"We believe students can do amazing things when they have access to the right technology, tools and training that will help them build 21st-century skills to prepare them to be college- and career-ready," said Anthony Salcito, vice president of Worldwide Education, Microsoft Corp. "It is our hope that we can inspire the next generation of leaders to see the opportunity to compete for better jobs and improve their economic status by pursuing interests and careers in science, technology, engineering and math."

Both schools will have access to new software for all 420 computers on campus, including Windows 7, Office 2010, Microsoft Math, and Microsoft Publisher. In addition, the grant will provide new hardware such as seven new laptops for teachers, and three Smart Boards and seven Mimeo equipment packages, to create 10 new SMART classrooms.

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