WJUSD students repair 41 Chromebooks at camp

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Photo by Crystal Apilado Technology services coordinator Micah Studer shares a milk carton with the leftover computer parts from this year’s Chromebook Certification Camp. Students repaired 41 Chromebooks, saving the district money in the long run.

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Technology services coordinator Micah Studer shared a milk carton of computer parts with the trustees at the June 21 Winters Joint Unifed School District board meeting. The carton held the limited amount of electronic waste leftover from this year’s Chromebook Certification Camp.

At the camp, 15 WJUSD students not only learned how to repair all five types of Chromebooks used in the district, but also saved the district money.

“We repaired 41 very badly damaged Chromebooks. We’re repairing the worst of the worst here,” Studer said. “Instead of buying 41 Chromebooks we only had limited waste.” 

Studer said the students saved the district $1200 by repairing the 41 Chromebooks, and gained important life skills at the same time. Students at the camp are now able to build and repair Chromebooks through the Dell certification they received at the end of the camp. Seven of the camp attendees also gained life and career skills. The students who applied for the internship through the district learned about the interview process through coaching and a sit-down interview with WJUSD staff members. Selected interns will continue to assist the district this summer by fixing more Chromebooks.

“Our interns will have touched over 200 Chromebooks after the internship is over,” Studer said.

 

 

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