GTECH Corporation, in partnership with the Missouri Lottery, unveiled GTECH’s 177th After School Advantage computer lab today at Southern Boone High School with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony. Today’s event is part of a national program GTECH implemented in 1999 to serve underserved youth in communities where GTECH does business nationwide. GTECH is the lottery technology and services provider to the Missouri Lottery.
“GTECH is proud to support the local youth in Ashland,” said GTECH Regional Vice President of the Western Region Tim Simonson. “GTECH and the Missouri Lottery are giving these students access to a powerful combination of scientific and technological resources. The state-of-the-art equipment will allow the students to research, record and analyze data, and consider its causes and effects as part of their PhysicsFirst program. GTECH is thrilled to be able to help further students’ interest in the sciences through its After School Advantage program.”
“The Missouri Lottery’s primary beneficiary is public education,” said Missouri Lottery Chief Operating Officer Gary Gonder. “In the past 26 years, the Lottery has contributed more than $4 billion to the state and public education through a variety of important programs and institutions. GTECH’s After School Advantage program exemplifies the Lottery’s mission and continued commitment to benefit students and public education in the state of Missouri.”
Executives from GTECH joined Missouri State Representative Chris Kelly, Missouri State Senator Kurt Schaefer, Missouri Lottery Chief Operating Officer Gary Gonder, and Southern Boone County School District Superintendent Charlotte Miller, as well as staff and students of the High School for the grand opening. The computer lab will provide local teens with essential computer literacy skills, and the opportunity to make science more interesting and hands-on.
“GTECH’s After School Advantage program has made an impact in every Missouri community they’ve touched,” said State Representative Chris Kelly. “We are pleased and proud to have them partnering with a great school like Southern Boone right here in the 24th district.”
As part of the donation, GTECH provided Southern Boone High School with eight Dell laptop computers and various materials to be used in the school’s physics lab as part of the PhysicsFirst program. The lab will also be used after school for the school’s Science Club, homework assistance, and tutoring. These resources will help provide local teens with necessary skills needed to succeed in the future.
“The GTECH donation will allow our district to take our science program at Southern Boone to a new level,” said Southern Boone County School Superintendent Charlotte Miller. “We are very excited about the opportunities that will be enhanced for our students. I look forward to seeing the students engage with these technological tools and gain a deeper understanding of the content.”
The Missouri Mathematics and Science Coalition have worked hard to introduce the METS Initiative to the state, which was formed to advance the Mathematics, Engineering, Technology, and Science careers and familiarize high school students with these fields. GTECH’s donation of scientific materials to the PhysicsFirst program at Southern Boone High School will help mirror the goals of the METS Initiative, and foster learning and growth in science and technology that will create the kind of learning environment that develops future leaders.
“We know that if we want to compete for the ‘hot jobs’ of the future, we need to strengthen our instruction in science, math, engineering and technology,” said State Senator Kurt Schaefer. “When times are tight we need the private sector to help our communities fill that gap. The state of Missouri has a great partner in GTECH.”
The PhysicsFirst program is a partnership between the University of Missouri-Columbia and 37 school districts in the state, including Southern Boone County. The program seeks to strengthen students’ scientific knowledge along with building a better foundation for science classes later in their educational career.
Today’s event marks the 177th computer lab opening for the nationwide After School Advantage charitable giving program implemented by GTECH Corporation back in 1999. Today’s opening is the eighth After School Advantage lab GTECH has launched in Missouri since 2002. Other GTECH After School Advantage labs are located in St. Louis, Jefferson City, Eugene, Blue Springs, Mexico, and Kansas City.
About GTECH’s After School Advantage
The After School Advantage Program allows GTECH to apply its technological experience, as the world’s leading online lottery technology and services provider, to assist in the education of our nation’s youth. For each After School Advantage Program, GTECH donates, on average, $15,000 in state-of-the-art computers, online technology, software, furniture, and volunteer hours to qualifying public schools and non-profit agencies in jurisdictions where GTECH conducts business. Since the launch of the After School Advantage Program on April 14, 1999, GTECH Corporation, and its affiliate companies, have installed 177 computer centers in 24 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago: Rhode Island, Texas, Oregon, Georgia, California, Kentucky, Ohio, Arizona, New Jersey, Michigan, Kansas, Wisconsin, New York, Colorado, Missouri, Louisiana, Illinois, New Mexico, Virginia, Idaho, Florida, Tennessee, Nevada, and Washington. For more information about GTECH’s After School Advantage Program, please visit www.gtech.com.