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Student-Interns Help ACPS with Computer Distribution Initiative

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Albemarle County Public Schools want to put a computer in the hands of every student. Over the next three years more than 13,000 laptops will be distributed.

The One-to-One Computer Education Program is an initiative schools across the country are putting in place with the goal of issuing computers to elementary, middle, and high school students.

Albemarle County is adopting the idea, but using some unique methods will help save thousands of dollars. Ten student-interns from Albemarle schools are preparing 3,700 laptops for this coming school year.

"The work is fulfilling in a sense that you know we're giving back to the school system that has given us so much,” said intern Fred Gortler.

After a one-day training workshop, the tech-savvy students are equipped with the right skills to get the job done.

"We're doing computer imaging. We also taught them computer repair,” said Russell Reed, client services specialist.

In just a few short weeks, the laptops will be ready for students and the county will save a pretty penny.

"We could contract this out for about 60 bucks a machine and instead it ends up being a much bigger cost savings. It amounts to about $150,000 that we end up saving the county as a whole,” said Reed.

Keeping the operation small also helps to save money.

"We're large enough to have enough staff to do something like this with the student support that we get but we're also small enough that we're not talking about the 40,000 computers that some districts are putting out this summer,” said Becky Fisher, educational technology.

Student interns take great pride in their work and cherish the experience in their field.

"I know that without the experience that this internship has given me and the bullet on my resume, I wouldn't have been able to get into the school programs that I have,” said Gortler.

Some students will continue their internship into the school year helping to maintain and troubleshoot these laptops, as well as existing computers in the schools.

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