CHARLESTON, W.Va. - It can be described as a cyber-facelift for a good cause. Thousands of state government computers taken out of circulation are being cleaned, cleared of old data and carried to a new home as part of the Second Launch WV program.
"The West Virginia Office of Technology is pleased with the partnership that has developed with the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) for this program," said West Virginia Chief Technology Officer Gale Given. "The amount of equipment that has been recycled back into use in our school programs, along with other agencies within state government, showcases how the life of property continues beyond its initial use."
The West Virginia Office of Technology and the WVDE partnered about a year ago to explore the feasibility of the technology recycling project. Since its inception, more than three thousand state government computers have been cleaned, rebuilt and reintroduced into circulation. Had these items been purchased new, the cost would be approximately $965 thousand.
State spending units that have benefited from the program include:
"Some of our youngest learners in daycare programs now have access to computers in the classroom thanks to Second Launch WV," said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano. "As part of the One Voice, One Focus: All Students Achieving Vision Plan, I am committed to ensuring every student graduates on time. This is only possible if students have the resources they need to succeed."
You can view the SecondLaunchWV program in action by visiting https://vimeo.com/127272753 or using #secondlaunchwv on social media. For more information about Second Launch WV, contact Liza Cordeiro in the WVDE Communication Office at (304) 558-2699.