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Bluegrass Community Technical College Granted 2008 HP Technology for Teaching Leadership Award

Brent EldridgeMore than $1.2 million in HP technology, cash and professional development awarded to 10 U.S. colleges and universities to enhance teaching and learning

LEXINGTON, KY (July 07, 2008) Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) was awarded a 2008 HP Technology for Teaching Leadership Award designed to transform and learning in the classroom through innovative uses of technology.

Each of the HP Technology for Teaching grant recipients will use wireless HP Tablet PCs to enhance learning in engineering, math, science, or computer science. The HP Tablet PC screens will allow BCTC students to share their ideas while solving complex problems in science. Communication between faculty and students will also enhance the development of learning communities.

Leadership Awards are higher-value reinvestment grants awarded to HP Technology for Teaching grant recipients whose projects have demonstrated success in their first year of implementation. BCTC was selected for reinvestment because of its success in using HP technology to enhance instruction demonstrating a measurable, positive impact on student achievement and for proposing innovative plans to expand their programs to have broader impact on student success.

BCTC is one of 10 HP Technology for Teaching higher education grant recipients that have been selected for the Leadership Award in 2008. The award package includes $131,000 in cash, professional development and HP equipment.

In addition to the equipment and cash, a representative from BCTC will attend the annual HP Technology for Teaching Worldwide Higher Education Conference to be held in San Diego, Calif. in February 2009. During the conference, grant recipients will join together to share ideas about how to effectively incorporate HP technology such as the HP Tablet PC into their teaching curriculums and the learning experiences of their students. Through a series of hands-on workshops, poster sessions and lectures, recipients from around the world will be invited to share their project details with peer educators across all disciplines such as mathematics; medicine and chemistry; and geological, physical, biological, and agricultural sciences. Many teachers and professors will also demonstrate their use of a variety of software solutions to support their course redesign efforts.

I want to thank HP and BCTC for their commitment in seeking new ways to transform the learning environment to enhance student achievement in the sciences, stated grant contact, Brent Eldridge, BCTC Associate Professor of Chemistry.

Since 2004, HP has contributed $60 million in HP Technology for Teaching grants to more than 1,000 schools in 41 countries worldwide. During the past 20 years, HP has contributed more than $1 billion in cash and equipment to schools, universities, community organizations and other nonprofit organizations around the world.

"Education is at the core of HP's giving strategy, and we are devoted to providing leading universities with the technology, funding and training needed to promote student success in higher education and beyond," said Sid Espinosa, director of Global Social Investment programs at HP. In awarding these leadership grants, HP aims to help teachers empower students by giving them the tools and resources vital in the 21st century workplace.

More information about the 2008 HP Technology for Teaching program and grant recipients is available at www.hp.com/go/hpteach.