TECH CORPSTM Celebrated at Gala White House Reception
Sudbury, MA (December 6, 1996) — In celebration of exceptional leadership, Vice President Al Gore last night honored at an official White House ceremony four technology visionaries with the TECH CORPS Leadership in Technology Award. Thomas Wheeler (Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association), Robert Palmer (Digital Equipment Corporation), Bert Roberts (MCI Communications Corporation), and Gary Beach (Computerworld, Inc) were recognized for their leadership as the Founding National Sponsors of TECH CORPS.

“In one short year, TECH CORPS has built a record of extraordinary accomplishment, receiving national recognition for its projects and mobilizing thousands of volunteers across the country to assist schools with their technology efforts,” says Karen Smith, TECH CORPS Executive Director. “It is a privilege to be able to recognize our Founding Sponsors whose support and commitment has been key to TECH CORPS’ success.”

New corporate partners who recently joined TECH CORPS including Bell Atlantic, Infonautics Corporation, Toshiba America, Inc., Novell, Inc., CommNet Cellular Inc., Sony Electronics, Inc., Anderson & Lembke, and Dell Computer Corporation also were recognized, along with the many individuals who have given in-kind products and services to support the efforts of the national non-profit throughout the past year. The 36 state TECH CORPS chapters were represented by the education and industry leaders who guide the organization’s activities within their own states.

TECH CORPS is a national non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing K-12 teaching and learning through the effective use of volunteers to integrate technology into the educational environment. It is built on the grassroots concept of public-private partnerships with the goal of preparing students and teachers technologically for the 21st century. TECH CORPS volunteers offer technical expertise in hardware/software/wiring, mentor students and teachers, work side-by-side with teachers in the classroom, deliver teacher training, and offer advice on technology and network planning.