Department Employee Receives Governor's Information Technology Award

Posted: May 21, 2001
Phyllis Justice, telecommunications specialist with the West Virginia Department of Education, received the 2001 Governor’s Information Technology Award for her work with Internet access in K-12 schools and technical centers across the Mountain State.  

She received the award from Governor Bob Wise during an awards ceremony in Charleston on May 16.  

Justice has helped to provide over $26.5 million in E-rate discounts for West Virginia schools, creating significant cost savings while providing connections to all schools (six with ATM, 282+ with T-1 and the remaining with 56KB to be upgraded).  

She met the requirement of the Governor’s Information Technology Awards Program by “placing an emphasis on recognizing those technology initiatives which best assist government in innovatively executing its goals, objectives and duties and provides cost-effective services to citizens.”  

Justice has served in education for 30 years. She was a math teacher and technology specialist in Cabell County for 23 years before joining the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE). She has worked at the WVDE for seven years and serves as the telecommunications specialist in the Office of Technology and Information Systems. Her job entails many tasks involving educational technology and providing access to the Internet for all of the schools in the state.

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