Las Vegas, NV (November 15, 1999)__TECH CORPS, a national volunteer organization, delivers technical resources to K-12 schools through techs4schools, a new initiative sponsored by Compaq Computer Corporation. This interactive program partners school technology coordinators with high-tech volunteers who help solve technical problems. Mentors offer services in broadband, hardware, the Internet, networking, operating systems, software, and videoconferencing. All activity occurs on the techs4schools website.

Karen Smith, executive director of TECH CORPS, and staff members will be available in Booth L7247 to introduce techs4schools. Smith will demonstrate the techs4schools process, and encourage visitors to spread the word that the program will be available to schools nationwide in April.

According to Smith, ” techs4schools organizes volunteer mentors into a support structure for teachers and technology coordinators. In virtual collaboration, technology coordinators submit questions to experts who help resolve common technical glitches as well as complex problems that require specialist attention. We are pleased to have the leadership of Compaq, with its focus on the Internet and non-stop computing, to support this unique, web-based initiative.”

Currently in a six-month pilot phase, techs4schools is reaching Bureau of Indian Affairs schools, Empowerment Zone schools, and selected schools in Arizona, Rhode Island and Tennessee.

Compaq Computer Corporation is a national sponsor of TECH CORPS and is an active participant-through grants of cash and equipment and hundreds of employee volunteers-in helping schools enhance the value of technology in educating America’s children. For this pilot phase, twelve Compaq engineers and technologists from various sites across the country will participate as part of the nationwide telementoring network.

As noted by Michael Capellas, president and CEO of Compaq Computer Corporation, “techs4schools is important because it will expand access to technical resources by all schools, teachers and students. We are very pleased to work with TECH CORPS toward that goal, and we encourage others to join us in this important step toward the 21st century.”