ELKO FIELD OFFICE NO. 2008-25
FOR RELEASE: March 26, 2008
CONTACT: Mike Brown, (775) 753-0386; firstname.lastname@example.org
BLM DONATES COMPUTERS TO GREAT BASIN COLLEGE
Great Basin College students in Elko, Nevada, will soon be using upgraded computer equipment courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
The BLM Elko District Office recently donated 28 computers, 3 servers, 13 printers, and miscellaneous equipment to Great Basin College.
Marie Smith, BLM Elko Field Office Property Manager explained, “Federal regulations allow us to donate surplus government computers to schools for grades kindergarten through 12; and the Stevenson Wydler Act lets us donate computers to colleges or trade schools - above grade 12. The equipment originally cost more than $88,000.”
“Because of government computer system upgrades, the equipment would not work with our new operating systems,” continued Smith. “Donating them to Great Basin College was a good fit.”
Jeff Cox, Director of Computer Services at Great Basin College, added that equipment is a great addition to the services and classes for students.
“The college has always done well because of the partnerships we form with other entities – both private and government organizations,” said John Rice, Director of Institutional Advancement at Great Basin College. “This is a good example of how a partnership is paying off for our students. When organizations share resources, it ultimately makes for a better experience for our students, which in turn is good for the entire community.”