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February 28, 2001
Contact: Tim Woodhull



California State University, Dominguez Hills, donates computer stations to high school to build foundation in learning

California State University, Dominguez Hills has donated 30 complete computer stations to David Starr Jordan High School in Los Angeles to help the Los Angeles Unified School District meet its goal of providing a computer for every student.

The work stations – including computer terminals, keyboards, desks, and software – will be located in the new Cal State Dominguez Hills-Jordan High School Math Lab, which once housed the high school’s auto shop. Its conversion – and the university’s donation – will empower more students to go online to learn.

Without the new technology, officials say, few things are possible in the way of state-of-the-art instruction. With the new technology, students not only have a greater capacity for learning, but also greater ability to acquire the knowledge necessary to compete in the 21st Century.

Dr. James E. Lyons, Sr., president of CSU Dominguez Hills, and William R. Blischke, CSUDH executive director of Special Projects and Programs, said the donation reflects the university’s ongoing relationship with schools and the people in the communities it serves. He calls that partnership a “communiversity.”

“We are here to make a difference in the lives of our communities,” Lyons said. “All of the students at David Starr Jordan are potentially community leaders. So, it is in our interest, and everybody’s interest, to help them build and improve their learning skills to acquire the necessary knowledge to become productive citizens.

Added Blischke: “Every time you build hope in a student, you send out a ripple of hope to everyone they meet. That way, we build a better world, certainly a more educated world. That’s a wise investment of resources.”

Dhyan Lal, principal at Jordan, said the university’s donation provides a “tremendous boost” to students learning not only mathematics as well as about the new technology utilized in schools and in the marketplace.

Moreover, the computers will be used to implement a new tutoring program for students at Jordan, he said: “A student who’s having problems or has questions in math can come into the lab and log on to get help from a tutor at Dominguez Hills,” Lal said. “That’s possible now because of the invaluable donation from Dominguez Hills.”

Further information can be obtained by contacting Tim Woodhull, director, Media Relations, at (310) 243-3367.