The student-run Computer Club at Middlesex Community College has received two separate computer donations as a result of its community outreach and service programs. Donations were made by the Computer Sciences Corporation of East Hartford and SPX Precision Components of Newington.
The Computer Sciences Corporation donated 25 laptop computers and 5 desktop computers, following its participation in a networking event hosted by the MxCC Computer Club. This was arranged in part by Matthew Lampkin, president of the Hartford chapter of the Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA), which actively supports the Computer Club’s efforts. The computers will be used to support hands-on instruction in MxCC’s Operating Systems course.
Additionally, two Dell laptop computers were donated by SPX Precision Components for the Computer Club to award to needy students. This supports the club’s ongoing service project of building new computers from scratch, and then giving them away to students in need. SPX Precision Components made the donation to thank the Computer Club for its assistance with the environmentally safe disposal of its outdated electrical equipment. This was done as an extension of the Computer’s Club’s massive on-campus e-cycling event with Green Monster Recycling of West Hartford.
“We are thrilled to have such support from the BDPA, SPX and so many other members of our community who recognize the valuable role our graduates play in tomorrow’s computer industry,” said MxCC Professor Donna Hylton, who serves as coordinator of the IS/MIS programs at the College and is advisor of the Computer Club.
Founded in 1966, Middlesex Community College (mxcc.edu) is part of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Board of Regents for Higher Education. The school offers more than 50 degree or certificate programs at its three locations: the main, 38-acre campus in Middletown, the downtown Meriden Center, and the shoreline in Old Saybrook. The college promotes understanding, learning, ethics, and self-discipline by encouraging critical thinking. Current enrollment is nearly 2,900 full- and part-time students, and 1,600 continuing education students.