Award of Excellence
A unique public/private partnership developed by Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino is bringing cutting-edge high technology to 65,000 Boston Public School students. The partnership between the City of Boston and 3Com Corporation has succeeded in making Boston the first fully wired urban school district in the United States and it is also helping meet economic development, workforce development and job creation goals.
Concerned by the growing disparities in access to new technology between urban and suburban populations, Mayor Menino in 1996 announced his plan to install one computer for every four students and wire every classroom to the Internet by 2001.
In April 1997, 3Com Corporation and the City of Boston announced their partnership at a NetDay event at the Murphy Elementary School in Dorchester, Massachusetts. 3Com agreed to contribute $1 million in routers, hubs and professional services to bring networks into all 130 Boston Public Schools. The partnership succeeded in constructing the networks in less than 18 months and helped leverage another $6 million in contributions through partnerships with Microsoft and Intel.
Boston and 3Com furthered their partnership last year through the addition of a 3Com sponsored-network manager training course to the cityís high school curriculum. Seventeen Boston students who participated in 3Comís "NetPrep" program were the first high school students in the nation to pass an industry recognized certification course last summer. Students will use their newly developed skills during the school year to help support their school computer networks as part of a "TechBoston Corps." Advanced students will also be eligible to obtain valuable on-the-job experience from the internships with area businesses.
The public/private partnership between the City of Boston and 3Com Corporation has improved the ratio of computers to students from 1:63 to 1:7. Based on the lessons learned in Boston, 3Com Corporation has launched the "Urban Challenge" program. Under this program, 3Com is partnering with the U.S. Conference of Mayors to provide a total of $1 million in equipment, training and consulting to 10 additional U.S. cities. The first 10 Urban Challenge winners will be announced at the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting in Washington, DC, in January 2000.
For more information, please contact:
David Katz, Director of Global
J. Thomas Cochran, Executive Director
1620 Eye Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006
Telephone (202) 293-7330, FAX (202) 293-2352