After the sudden closure and the uncertain timeline to reconvene schools due to COVID-19, over 1,500 students are facing the challenge of not being able to complete their coursework remotely; now Success Through Technology Education (
STTE) looks to help those tripped up by the digital divide.
“There is a huge need to find devices for students. With the uncertainty when schools will reconvene, the time is now to act and help ease the potential of a virtual learning gap.” Joseph Sapien, STTE executive director.
Officials say this digital divide is a pressing concern, as it not only affects our region’s ability to remain economically competitive but presents detrimental implications for the academic and professional future of our community.
“I joined this initiative because I worry about our students not having the needed tools to complete their academic work.” Francisco Poblano, UTEP VP, IT Department.
A group of local leaders has formed a Device Shortage Task Force, to collectively seek innovative strategies that swiftly help connect students with laptop devices to alleviate the Borderplex region’s digital divide.
Below are two strategies the taskforce is actively preparing to deploy.
Strategy 1: Company Legacy Refurbish Initiative
Companies or individuals with an excess of functional laptops can refurbish and donate new or used functional laptops (with an Intel i3 processors or better) to families in need. Donations can be made by clicking here.
Strategy 2: Laptop Donation Fund
STTE has set up a dedicated fund with the Paso Del Norte Community Foundation to help fund strategies and purchase devices for students in need.
Donations are tax-deductible and can be made via this link.
Device Shortage Task Force Members
JJ Childress, Texas Techspark Community Manager, Microsoft
Marycruz De Leon, Community Development, Federal Reserve Bank
Ivan Huerta, Founder, Parabeac
Rosey Natividad, Founder, Incite Consultancy
Francisco Poblano, Assistant. VP IT Department, UTEP
Victor Sanchez, Recruitment Specialist, Western Tech
Joseph Sapien, Executive Director, STTE
Rick Webb, Dean, El Paso Community College
For more information on the Device Shortage Task Force please visit their website