Hewlett-Packard (HP) today announced that it is donating more than $300,000 in technology equipment through its Global Social Innovation Program to support public education in North Carolina. Notebook computers, printers, and related hardware are being donated to Edgecombe County Public Schools as well as Martin, Montgomery, and Pamlico Community Colleges.
The equipment, which includes 161 laptops and 13 printers, was initially loaned to the 2012 Democratic National Convention, held in Charlotte, and will now support local North Carolina communities. HP similarly has benefited charities and educational institutions in other parts of the country with technology used by Republican and Democratic parties during past conventions.
Each recipient of HP products has faced serious budget issues that have limited its ability to purchase technology equipment.
The Martin, Montgomery, and Pamlico Community Colleges will use the equipment to meet critical needs for information technology.
“Our System is committed to providing students with the education and resources they need to become globally competitive citizens,” said Dr. Scott Ralls, president of the North Carolina Community College System. “HP’s contributions and support will go a long way toward helping these three colleges achieve this vision.”
Similarly, Edgecombe Public Schools will use the equipment to support its on-going 1:1 notebook computer initiative, an effort to ensure that every graduate knows how to use a laptop computer to enhance his or her educational experience.
“Our students will graduate better prepared to meet the growing demands for a more highly skilled and computer literate workforce thanks, in part, to HP," said Superintendent John Farrelly.