Shorter College donates laptop computers to Youth for Christ, Open Door Home
April 12, 2010 - Shorter College recently donated 20 laptop computers to Rome’s Youth for Christ and the Open Door Children’s Home.
The laptops were currently not in use by the college and instead of selling them, Shorter opted to donate them to local organizations in need, explained Grant Carmichael, director of Shorter’s Office of Information Technology.
According to Gretta Wilson, president of the Open Door Children’s Home, the laptops will be set up inside the facility’s library. The Open Door Home provides for the needs of dependent, neglected, and/or abused children of Northwest Georgia. Children who reside in or have been placed in the home will be given access to the laptops.
Youth for Christ will allow children who attend its annual Camp Discover program to use the laptops. Camp Discover caters to students in Floyd County foster care. The goal of Camp Discover is to match students with trained volunteers seeking to mentor these students and be a positive role model in their lives. Foster and adoptive children who are involved with other Youth for Christ programs will also have access to the computers, said Mitch Jolly, Youth for Christ executive director.
Grant Carmichael, director of Shorter’s Office of Information Technology, pictured at far left, and Eric Hall, systems administrator for Shorter’s IT office, pictured at far right, give Rome Youth for Christ employees, Katie Huff, ministries director, and Jennifer Jolly, executive administrative assistant, a quick tutorial on how to use the donated laptops.
“It was a win-win situation for everyone involved. We didn’t need the laptops anymore, but these two organizations did,” Carmichael said. “Shorter College was more than happy to provide the computers to both of these great organizations in our community.”
Founded in 1873, Shorter College is a Christian college committed to excellence in education. Since 2003, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Shorter among the South’s best baccalaureate colleges. The college offers traditional bachelor’s degrees in 48 major areas as well as undergraduate degree programs for working adults, the Master of Business Administration and the Master of Arts in Leadership. Online courses are also available. Shorter will transition to university status June 1, 2010. For more information, visit www.shorter.edu.