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ORAU donates 25 laptops to Junior Achievement of East Tennessee for learning lab program

JA program serves 6,000 students annually with real-world business experiences

Feb. 26, 2015

Chip Reed, president of Junior Achievement of East Tennessee and ORAU Corporate Secretary Monnie Champion

Chip Reed, president of JA (pictured left), accepted the donation of 25 laptops from ORAU Corporate Secretary Monnie Champion (pictured right).

CLINTON, Tenn.—ORAU recently donated 25 laptop computers to Junior Achievement of East Tennessee (JA) to support its BizTown Learning Lab Program for students.

JA’s BizTown Learning Lab Program is set up on a complex intranet system that makes up a fully interactive mini-economy for fifth graders to experience running a city for a day. Reed explained that JA is often unable to fund technology needs adequately and much of the current office hardware and software is more than seven years old, which causes compatibility issues with newer operating expectations. The donated laptops will also allow JA staff to visit school and business locations to recruit and train volunteers and teachers, engage donors, and showcase the many JA programs.

ORAU regularly donates refurbished technology to area schools in need as part of a continuing effort to help local schools and education programs increase their technology resources.

“The laptop donation from ORAU will benefit our organization tremendously and in many ways,” said Reed. “The ability to utilize computers to show presentations, videos, and connect to Internet-based data systems is a must. We have over 6,000 students that annually experience this BizTown Learning Lab Program, as well as an additional 10,000 students in classrooms and job shadow programs, and these computers will allow us to stay current with classroom trends and make the real-world connections that students need.”

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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