Program Provided Through DELL(TM) Closes Technology Gap
WINNIPEG, June 14 /CNW/ - General Wolfe middle school students will show
their parents how to take apart a computer and rebuild it. The students are
part of the Dell TechKnow program which hosts a graduation event tonight
showcasing the work of 20 newly tech-savvy Grade 7 and 8 students.
The graduation will take place: Thursday June 14, 2007 @ 6:00 p.m.
Address: General Wolfe
661 Banning Street
A collaborative effort of the Winnipeg School Board and Dell Canada, the
Dell TechKnow program is a 40-hour after-school program providing underserved
middle school students with an opportunity to earn a home computer and learn
to access, use and understand technology; skills that promote self-esteem,
academic success, and prepare students for opportunities in today's digital
"The knowledge and skills our students have gained will equip them to
participate more fully in our competitive high-tech society," said Chris
Galvao, the teacher leading the TechKnow class at General Wolfe. "Through the
program our students also learn about professionalism and work ethics -
lessons they can apply in their regular classroom and beyond, when they enter
Students in the Dell TechKnow program receive a free refurbished Dell
desktop computer and work in teams to learn computer basics including: how to
take apart and re-build the computer; install software; upgrade, diagnose and
fix basic hardware problems; and how to use word processing and educational
software. In addition, students must meet certain program requirements such as
attending school, demonstrating good citizenship and sustaining or improving
their grades. Upon completion of the course, students earn and take home a
refurbished Dell desktop computer, operating system and software, and one year
of free High Speed Internet service from MTS.
"The feedback we've received from students, teachers and family members
is that students are building more than computers, they're building
confidence," said Greg Davis, President, Dell Canada. "They also become
coaches and mentors to other family members who may also lack technology
skills. This, in turn, helps promote the development of digital literacy at
"The Dell TechKnow program really levels the playing field for
underserved children," said Kelvin Shepherd, President Consumer Markets, MTS
Allstream. "By bringing skills, hardware and the Internet into their homes,
it's helping connect more Manitoba families to the world of technology."
Teachers from General Wolfe serve as the instructors for the Dell
TechKnow program. Their involvement reflects the Winnipeg School Board's
commitment to provide all educators and learners with technology-rich
environments that support student achievement and produce lifelong learners
able to succeed in an information society.
The Winnipeg School Board is one of more than 60 districts in Canada and
the U.S. participating in the program. This is the second year that General
Wolfe Public School has been involved with the Dell TechKnow initiative.
More information about the Dell TechKnow program can be found at:
About Dell Canada Inc.
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subsidiary of Dell Inc. Dell Canada is among the leaders in desktop products,
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and Edmonton. Information on Dell Canada and its products can be obtained on
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About MTS Allstream
MTS Allstream Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Manitoba Telecom
Services Inc., and is one of Canada's leading national communication solutions
providers, delivering innovative products and services through the Enterprise
Solutions and Consumer Markets divisions. The Enterprise Solutions division,
which operates under the Allstream brand nationally and under the MTS brand in
Manitoba, is a leading competitor in the national business and wholesale
markets. This division offers customers a portfolio of solutions tailored to
the needs of medium and large businesses looking for success in a world of
rapidly evolving technology - Internet protocol-based communications, unified
communications, voice and data connectivity services. The Consumer Markets
division leads every telecommunications market segment in Manitoba, delivering
a full suite of next generation wireless, high-speed Internet and data,
digital television and wireline voice services under the MTS brand, as well as
security and alarm monitoring services through AAA Alarm Systems Ltd., an
affiliate of MTS Allstream which also operates in other western provinces. MTS
Allstream's extensive national broadband fibre optic network spans more than
24,300 kilometres, and provides international connections through strategic
alliances and interconnection agreements with other international service
providers. Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.'s common shares are listed on The
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