Microsoft Corporation has recently announced that it will be renewing its partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund through an additional $8 million software grant. This recent grant brings the total donation amount given by the Microsoft Corporation to $29 million, and will provide software for TMCF’s 47-member network of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Microsoft has always been committed to working with colleges and universities to achieve the knowledge and skills required to compete in today’s competitive job market.
This most recent $8 million grant will enable the TMCF to continue its ongoing IT initiative that is aiming to strengthen the IT capacity of its member schools, broaden the institutions’ instructional and communication abilities, and work to improve upon the learning environments. According to managing director of the Educational Consulting Foundation of Bakersfield, CA and a long-standing member of Microsoft’s Technology Advisory Committee, Dr. Ronald J. Langley, the ongoing Microsoft/TMCF partnership is viewed as a successful program that has been extremely beneficial to the TMCF charter schools. The continual donation of new software enables the students at these institutions to receive training on software that is used in today’s business world, enabling the students to become a viable job candidate upon their graduation.
The Microsoft/TMCF partnership continues to be a significant part of TMCF’s long-term Technology Initiative. This technology Initiative has three goals that include providing university and college faculty, administrative personnel, and students access to the latest technology to be used for educational purposes. Also, the initiative strives to promote and demonstrate the benefits of new technology to staff, faculty and students, as well as allowing access to IT resources through the institutions for residents of the surrounding areas.
Source : Classes2Careers.com News by Sandra Kelly