- Los Amigos High School was the first school to receive an installation of cutting-edge ViewSonic technology
- The school is also a participant in Orange County United Way’s Destination Graduation and Youth Career Connections programs aimed at reducing the high school dropout rate and bridging the education achievement gap
- Orange County United Way has positively impacted the lives of nearly 5,000 students at the school
Fountain Valley, CA (February 27, 2020) – Students and faculty from Los Amigos High School in Garden Grove Unified School District (GGUSD) gathered on February 26th for the unveiling of ViewBoard® interactive display technology from ViewSonic, the leading global provider of computing, consumer electronics and communications solutions.
Susan B. Parks, President and CEO of Orange County United Way, and Jeff Volpe, President of ViewSonic Americas, were also in attendance.
Earlier this month, ViewSonic donated $500,000 in ViewBoard® interactive display technology and 3,000 Raspberry Pi thin client computers to Regional United Way Chapters to distribute amongst various programs and schools with the highest need. Los Amigos High School, where eighty-three percent of students come from low-income households, is the first school to receive an installation of this cutting-edge technology.
This donation is the first of its kind from ViewSonic, as part of their “Empowering Future Generations” initiative. Approaching over one million users worldwide, ViewBoard® interactive displays and the myViewBoard™ software allows teachers to easily create lesson plans, import content and show videos to encourage collaboration amongst students to make learning fun. The donation to Orange County United Way included 20 ViewBoard® interactive displays and several hundred Raspberry Pi thin clients – small single-board computers developed to promote teaching of basic computer science in schools.
“We are grateful for the generous contributions of ViewSonic,” said Bob Harden, GGUSD Board of Education Trustee. “We know that by putting more technology into the classroom, it will only empower students to engage in deeper learning and equip students with 21st century skills in new and exciting ways.”
“Our children are the future, and together we can help them succeed by providing resources that will enhance their learning experience,” said Susan B. Parks, President and CEO of Orange County United Way. “We are so grateful to ViewSonic for their giving spirit and shared mission and commitment to academic success for our youth. We believe in providing our children every opportunity for a quality education, and this technology will certainly help them meet their goals and achieve scholastic success.”
For more than six years, Orange County United Way has worked closely with the Garden Grove Unified School District in an impactful partnership through a number of programs at Los Amigos High School. These programs include Destination Graduation and Youth Career Connections, which infuses classroom learning with real-world career experiences by connecting students directly to employers, and are important in imparting leadership skills and academic support to ensure students succeed.
Destination Graduation currently partners with the administrators, teachers, students, and parents at 11 high schools and nine middle schools, preparing more than 26,000 low-income students with the skills they need to be successful employees and citizens to compete in the global economy. Improving the graduation rate is a cornerstone of Orange County United Way’s FACE 2024 2.0 goal: increase the high school graduation rate to 95% among students from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds. Graduating high school on time to become career-ready has never been more crucial in creating a stronger workforce.
“We pride ourselves on providing technology solutions that support collaboration, communication and creativity. These attributes are essential for success in the learning environment as well as in virtually any chosen career path,” said Jeff Volpe, President of ViewSonic Americas. “Since charity begins at home, we chose to partner with Orange County United Way. Together we’ve made it a priority to support schools and students in our own backyard to further the advancement of learning and empower future generations.”
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