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Microsoft donates $1 million to L.A. school to bridge technology gap

October 20, 2010 | 11:23 am

Microsoft Corp. announced Wednesday it will donate more than $1 million to the Mendez Learning Center in Los Angeles to help bridge the technology gap in this traditionally underserved community.

“We believe students can do amazing things when they have access to the right technology, tools and training,” Anthony Salcito, a Microsoft vice president, said in a statement.

“It is our hope that we can inspire the next generation of leaders to see the opportunity to compete for better jobs and improve their economic status by pursuing interests and careers in science, technology, engineering and math," he added.

The two Mendez schools within the learning center -- the School of Engineering and Technology and School of Math and Science -- are part of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools.

The nonprofit was created by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the Los Angeles Unified School District to turn around the city’s lowest-performing schools.

The grant will help provide new software for all 420 computers on campus and new hardware, including seven laptops for teachers.

“This generous grant from Microsoft will give students a leg up when it comes to completing their coursework, enriching their academic experience and learning concrete job skills,” Villaraigosa said in a statement.

-- Ching-Ching Ni