Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)
These days, every reporter needs a computer. Students in the Hampton Middle School journalism program just received seven, courtesy of VA STAR. Hampton’s cub reporters are now working on donated laptops refurbished by other students. The tech team gets valuable IT experience, while schools, and community members in need, get great devices, free. VASTAR has already fixed and donated thousands of devices. PWCS is helping it spread across the Commonwealth. Hey student journalists, there’s a great story there.
The Virginia Student Training and Refurbishment Program (Virginia STAR or VA STAR) is a state-wide program that teaches students to refurbish surplus computer hardware from government agencies and private companies. The refurbished computers are donated to families, organizations, and school districts that wish to use them. Through participation in the program, students work toward earning industry-standard certifications which can pave the way for both higher education and well-paying jobs.
Virginia STAR is currently in over 70 schools spanning 44 school districts throughout the Commonwealth. The program is maintained and coordinated through the SPARK Education Foundation of Prince William County Public Schools, primarily from the model-site at Forest Park High School.