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Computers for Classrooms delivers surprise

BUTTE VALLEY — More than 100 students at Butte College who were affected by the Camp Fire found their back packs a little fuller on Thursday.
Computers for Classrooms provided free reconditioned iCore 5 laptops to the students who had been identified through the school.
Among those donated by the California Highway Patrol, the computers were brought up to speed by volunteers through the nonprofit Computers for Classrooms program in Chico, which channels reconditioned, donated computers to students and low-income families.
Butte College IT director Tom Onwiler had reached out to the long-standing program, according to Ozzie Serrano, who is Computers for Classroom’s CEO.
The donation was made possible with help of North Valley Commuity Foundation funding.
With third- or fourth-generation iCore 5 processors, the laptops are pre-loaded with Windows 10 Professional and MS Office software, so they were ready to use as soon as they were powered on, according to Serrano.
The CHP paid between $1,200-$1,700 per laptop, but was releasing them for upgraded versions, according to Serrano.
The program is also working to get laptops to about 600 younger students impacted by the Camp Fire, working with Chico Unified School District and Paradise Unified School District.
As well as delivering renovated computers, the nonprofit program accepts donated ones from the community, and either refurbishes them or recycles them. The drives are wiped using Department of Defense-level software. Volunteers are taught computer repair and renovation skills to perform the work.
The program is located at 411 Otterson Dr. Ste. 100, and hours that computers can be dropped off are 9 a.m. to 4 pm. Monday through Friday. Information is available at 893-4175. Related Articles

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