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NewsPress Release: 1/24/01Marlboro College Offers Technology Training to Guilford Classes

BRATTLEBORO, VT -Second grade students from the Guilford Elementary School are participating in pilot training sessions in classroom software this month at the Marlboro College Technology Center. The two-hour sessions will prepare the second-grade students and their teachers to use KidPix software.

The instruction is part of a new effort by the Technology Center to provide technology and other special training to the community. As Marlboro College President Paul LeBlanc said at a recent luncheon with local community service representatives, "It is our goal to collaborate with other local organizations to help address technology and other needs in ways that contribute to the communityžs long-term vitality."

The teachers and their classes will be accompanied at the Technology Center by Paul Smith, a curriculum coordinator for Windham Southeast Supervisory Union. "This is the ideal collaboration," said Smith. "Marlboro has the resources that we need for this kind of training. These technology resources are not available in most of our schools."

John Donaldson, a local educator and currently a student in Marlboro Collegežs graduate program in Internet strategy management, will serve as instructor. According to Mary Greene, who runs community and special programs at the Technology Center, "We expect that this model of bringing teachers and students together for tool instruction will form the basis for future technology training programs for area schools."

The sessions are an example of upcoming "pilot" community programs that will be launched throughout the spring and onward. "We are considering a wide range of programming opportunities for various age groups, interests and technological needs in and around Brattleboro," said Greene. Community offerings are an integral part of the mission of the Technology Center, and are funded with help from a grant received last year from the federal government, shepherded by Senator James Jeffords.

While the Marlboro College Technology Center was launched only last October, the Persons School of Marlboro College was established in 1998, and offers three intensive master's degree programs in Internet strategy management, teaching with the Internet, and Internet engineering. The yearlong programs have grown from just over 20 students in the first graduating class to a current enrollment of 99 students. For more information, contact Greene at the Marlboro College Technology Center, (802) 451-7500.

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