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Donated Computers Will Give Veterans Access To Technology In Education

April 25, 2014

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education and the state of Oklahoma will give laptop computers to 13 technology centers, colleges and universities for use with veterans and military-related individuals.

The schools will receive the computers April 30 at the Capitol. Retired U.S. Air National Guard Maj. Gen. Rita Aragon, Oklahoma secretary of veterans affairs, will speak at the distribution ceremony.

Schools approved to receive computers are Great Plains Technology Center, Pontotoc Technology Center, Chisholm Trail Technology Center, Autry Technology Center, Indian Capital Technology Center, Pioneer Technology Center, Mid-Del Technology Center, Tulsa Community College, Redlands Community College, Northern Oklahoma Community College, Southern Nazarene University, East Central University and the University of Central Oklahoma.

The Cristina Foundation donated the computers to the state of Oklahoma, said Amy Ewing-Holmstrom, CareerTech military transition coordinator. The foundation promotes the reuse of technology to give people with disabilities, students at risk and economically disadvantaged people the opportunity to be more independent and productive through training, according to its website.

“These computers were donated to Oklahoma for the sole purpose of assisting veterans and military-related individuals with access to technology for educational purposes,” Ewing-Holmstrom said. “One of the identified points of failure in the postservice education process is access to technology. The donated computers are an attempt to fill this opportunity for improvement.”

Recipients will use the computers in educational settings for veterans and military-related individuals, she said.

For example, Mid-Del Technology Center plans to put a computer in the health sciences center for veterans pursuing health-related occupations, one in the computer lab, two in the counseling office and one in the adult education office – all providing access to aptitude tests, occupational research, job search assistance and more, said Patricia Duran, Mid-Del communications and marketing facilitator.

Any school or nonprofit organization interested in applying to receive computers can contact Ewing-Holmstrom at or (580) 250-5544.

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education provides leadership and resources and assures standards of excellence for a comprehensive statewide system of career and technology education. The system offers programs and services in 29 technology center districts operating on 59 campuses, 393 comprehensive school districts and 13 Skills Centers campuses that include three juvenile facilities.

The agency is governed by the State Board of Career and Technology Education and works closely with the State Department of Education and the State Regents for Higher Education to provide a seamless educational system for all Oklahomans.

Laura Wilson, Writer/Editor

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