E2D Celebrates the Grand Opening of its South Charlotte Computer Lab

E2D (Eliminate the Digital Divide) celebrated the grand opening of its Re-Image CLT South Computer Lab at South Mecklenburg High School made possible by Northwood Office on behalf of the tenants in Ballantyne on February 28. Once an unused kitchen space, the new computer lab offers the opportunity for students to earn a job refurbishing corporate laptops to provide to student families in need.

E2D has a goal of distributing 5,000 computers in 2018, and Ballantyne is excited to support this goal through the opening of the south Charlotte lab. Not only does this program help families in need, but it also prepares students for tech jobs after high school.

Out of 200 applicants, less than 15 students were selected to be part of the program at South Mecklenburg High School. E2D founder Pat Millen explained that these impressive students were chosen for their desire to give back to fellow students. Millen believes that these students are the beginning of change in our city. “As these kids get opportunities, Charlotte rises,” said Millen.

South Mecklenburg High School Principal Dr. Maureen Furr also noted the students’ focus on giving back. “They’re in this both to learn and to serve,” said Furr. “They’re serving our community, and they’re making it possible for other people who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to have their futures wide open, too.”

Northwood Office’s CIO and Vice President of Operations Ted Mueller and Google Fiber’s Jess George also shared their excitement to partner with E2D and to continue supporting the nonprofit.

Stay tuned for more ways to help E2D at Ballantyne’s Earth Day event on Friday, April 20.

Take a look at the lab and meet some of the students in the program by viewing coverage of the new lab on WCCB Charlotte‘s Wilson’s World. View more pictures on Facebook.

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