Community TechServe Receives Donation From Ascensus

Community TechServe Receives Donation From Ascensus

Community TechServe is a year-round program for skilled student volunteers from La Salle College High School that provides technology services at various educational institutions in the Philadelphia area. #LeaveToServe

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On Wednesday, February 21, 2018, students from La College High School's award-winning Student Lab Manager program visited the Ascensus headquarters in Dresher, PA to receive a donation of twenty computers for its Community TechServe (CTS) Program. The donated desktop computers will be refurbished for distribution through CTS to a Philadelphia area Catholic school in need of technology support.

While visiting, technology students were invited to tour the Ascensus Data Center and partake in a Q&A with the Vice President of Systems Architecture, Carl Dotger. Infrastructure convergence, server virtualization, and disaster recovery were among many topics discussed while touring the secure data center. Students were given examples of real-world applications of various server systems. #LeaveToServe

ABOUT COMMMUNITY TECHSERVE

Founded in 2001, Community TechServe (CTS) is a year-round program for skilled student volunteers from La Salle College High School, the program provides technology services at various educational institutions in the Philadelphia area. Typically, participating students install audio/visual equipment, set-up computer labs, and configure networks.

Previous projects have included: La Salle Academy, St. Michael's Indian School in Arizona, De La Salle In Towne, Young Scholars Charter School, West Catholic, St. Ignatius School, the Gesu School, and Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn, New York.

CTS works because it is rooted solidly in Lasallian spirituality and good citizenship. Not only do students involved in CTS serve others, they can articulate well what the program is about. They know it is more than producing quality computer networks and delivering effective training at various inner-city schools. The experience of coming face to face with the reality of what exists in the inner city has taught them to ask complex questions about the disparities that exist in society. Seeing the product of their efforts gives them great satisfaction, but the stories that make the greatest impression on them seem to be about the people they have met in the process.

The program has even been awarded the National Association of Independent School (NAIS) Leading Edge Award in Community Relations. The Leading Edge Award Recognition Program identifies outstanding programs in pre-collegiate education and showcases these programs as models of best practice from which all schools can learn.

ABOUT LA SALLE COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

Founded in 1858, La Salle College High School is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for young men of varied backgrounds and is conducted in the tradition of Saint John Baptist de La Salle. The school is located on 84-acres in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania and has over 1,060 students currently enrolled in grades 9 through 12.


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