WCCUSD buys 51 HP computers for Kennedy, De Anza tech academies

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Wanda Gonzalez (above), a student in Kennedy High School’s Information Technology Academy, stunned with her vocals on Thursday — and there was plenty to sing about.

The West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) held a ribbon-cutting event at Kennedy High on Thursday to celebrate a new partnership with HP that includes the purchase of 51 of the company’s Sprout Pro computers for the Kennedy High and De Anza High information technology academies, as well as personal guidance from HP employees on using the devices.

According to HP, Sprout consolidates the classroom PC, digital projector, 3D scanner, and more for users of any skill development. Currently, Kennedy High students are using their new computers to code and design network and program applications, create art projects, and collaborate with professionals and their peers, according to WCCUSD.

Through the partnership with HP, students will have access to both online and in-person mentoring by HP employees. Students will also take field trips to HP’s headquarters in Palo Alto.

“The purchase of the Sprout Pro by HP gives our students far more than just another computer experience,” Superintendent Matthew Duffy said. “This technology has the potential to change the way our students learn both inside and outside the classroom, while the mentorship and training opportunities will ensure the practical application of the concepts being explored in the new immersive learning environments.”

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