The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

March 21, 2013

NC Wesleyan to open new computer networking lab


TARBORO — ROCKY MOUNT — Officials of North Carolina Wesleyan College will be joined by state and local dignitaries this afternoon for the dedication of the college’s new computer networking lab.

The reception and dedication will be held from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. in the NCWC Braswell Administration Building, Trustees Board Room.

In addition, representatives from the agencies that made the lab possible will be present.

State Rep. Joe P. Tolson (D-Edgecombe), whose district includes North Carolina Wesleyan College, has been a leader of the IT committees in the General Assembly. He became aware of a need for technology resources at the college and helped the administration find resources to equip a computer networking lab that will be used for classes in that subject area beginning in August.

The computer networking lab, located in Braswell Building Room 237, has 40 computer stations for students.  Each station includes a CPU with Windows 7 and MS Office 07 Home & Student, and a flat panel monitor.

Representatives expected to attend the reception and available for interviews include: Rep. Tolson, Brooks Raiford, president and CEO of the NC Technology Association, Michael Abensour, executive director of the Kramden Institute, Inc., Cecil Wright, CIO and Sr. VP Information Services, United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT) and NCWC president James Gray.

Kramden's mission is to place computers in the homes of hard-working, deserving students utilizing tax-deductible donations while the UWGT program, Teaming for Technology, refurbishes desktops and laptops and deploys them to the community. The recipients include schools, nonprofits, students, and low-income families.