Improving Access to Computers, Education, Encourages SNHU’s Donation to CTAC

While its origins may be open to discussion, the saying “a rising tide lifts all boats” — the association that improvements in the general economy will benefit all participants in that economy (or in this case community) — is appropriate to describe Southern New Hampshire University’s ongoing donations to Computer Technology Assistance Corps (CTAC).

According to William (Bill) Gillett, Dean, School of Business at the University, SNHU has always been interested in developing a stronger community and supporting those organizations in the community that share that mission. “For us, CTAC is one of those organizations that really does make a difference and does so in a way that a number of us can support and understand.”

One of the largest employers in Manchester, Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with more than 3,000 on-campus students and 50,000 online students, making the University one of the fastest-growing universities in the country. Founded in 1932, it has been relentlessly reinventing higher education ever since and has gained national recognition for its dedication to helping students transform their lives and the lives of those around them.

Through his connections with like-minded New Hampshire-based non-profit organizations and given the annual retirement of computer equipment following the close of each academic year, Gillett approached the technology and administrative personnel associated with Southern New Hampshire University to evangelize CTAC and its mission.

“I shared with my colleagues that CTAC is on a great mission: to make a difference in our community by helping the individuals in it to more fully participate in the knowledge economy, which we ourselves, of course, are intensely involved in,” said Gillett. “Organizations like CTAC that support that mission and provide access to educational opportunities through equipment donations mirror our own mission. We’re also happy to see our retired equipment put to good use, rather than just turning them over to resellers for resale to individuals who might not live in our own community.”

SNHU has donated more than 200 computers to CTAC over the past year and is on track to donate even more at the close of this academic year.

“The University is interested in developing a stronger community and we’re always proud to support those organizations in the community that share that mission,” summarized Gillett.