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Thanks to a recommendation from Rep. Mike Turzai (R-McCandless), the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has awarded La Roche College a $200,000 grant through its Community Revitalization Grant Program. Rep. Turzai presented the check to Monsignor William Kerr, La Roche College president, on Friday, February 14. The grant money is being used to fund “smart” classroom technology at La Roche.

“We need to prepare young people in this state for careers that embody not only classic learning but technological skills,” said Turzai. “La Roche’s ‘smart’ classrooms are designed to offer students the exposure to computers and technology that will allow them to be the next generation’s entrepreneurs or technical professionals. We believe the synthesis is good.”

Last August, the College opened a new classroom building that contains a dozen “smart” classrooms. They are wired for telecommunications, data transmission, cable TV and the Internet. Professors have access to a SMARTBoard (located in the front of each room), which can display DVDs, videocassettes, website pages, and computer programs like Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Instructors can also manipulate text and objects by simply touching the screen. In addition, the classrooms have high-resolution document cameras that can capture 2- and 3-dimensional images and broadcast them onto the projection screen.

“The addition of the smart classrooms represents a bold step forward for La Roche as the College works to provide a 21st century education to its students,” said Monsignor Kerr. “We owe a debt of gratitude to Rep. Turzai for his efforts on the College’s behalf.”<

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