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CTL Support of College Possible Helps to Equip Low-Income Students for College

CTL Support of College Possible Helps to Equip Low-Income Students for College

Stephanie Shea

Stephanie Shea

Marketing Manager at CTL
Stephanie Shea holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Georgia and has almost 20 years of writing experience ranging from newspaper reporting to PR, blogging, website copy, product descriptions, social media and advertising. When she’s not at CTL, Stephanie can be found playing the tenor sax, practicing astrology or hitting the running trails in Forest Park.
Stephanie Shea

CTL Donates 30 J2 Chromebooks and a 30-unit Charging Cart for Madison High School’s College Possible Program

“Many of our students lack access to technology at home and don’t have a personal computer to use for school and the college application process.  This valuable partnership with CTL allows us to provide computers to a handful of students who worked really hard this year.”

– College Possible Development Officer, Emielle Nischik

As part of our commitment to education, CTL is proud to support College Possible, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing low-income students with the resources they need to earn admission to and succeed in college. CTL recently donated 30 J2 Chromebooks and a 30-unit charging cart to the Portland chapter of this organization to help equip capable low-income students at Madison High School with the technology they need to prepare for college.

Each year at the end of the school year, College Possible has an end-of-year event called Launch! to celebrate students’ hard work and accomplishments, and “launch” them to the next stage of their college journey. This year, the Portland Launch! Event on May 21, 2016 at David Douglas High School honored 159 college-bound seniors and 222 juniors. These students’ hard work is truly life-changing for themselves, their families and their communities. CTL is thrilled to provide some of these students with a CTL J2 Chromebook for Education to meet their technology needs for high school, college and beyond. Reem, a senior at Reynolds High School, is very excited about being accepted to eight colleges so far. “I can say that without College Possible I would not be going to college,” Reem said.

Development Officer Emielle Nischik explains,“Many of our students lack access to technology at home and don’t have a personal computer to use for school and the college application process.  This valuable partnership with CTL allows us to provide computers to a handful of students who worked really hard this year.” The computers were awarded as a prize for achievements like the highest ACT score increase and after-school session attendance in the 2015-16 school year.  “We look forward to growing this partnership over the coming year as we explore new opportunities with CTL to provide much need access to technology for our student,” Nischik said.

Since 2000, College Possible has provided coaching services to bright, hard-working, low-income students. Coaches, serving as AmeriCorps members, guide high school students through all the key aspects of preparing for college during after-school sessions for two hours twice a week. College Possible is in its 16th year nationally, and the program is entering its fourth year In Portland. “This will be our first year of serving college sophomores, a big milestone for our program as we track first year college retention rates for our students. Nationally, only 33 percent of  students return for their sophomore year. Our first year retention goal is 75 percent, which is significantly higher than the national average. What sets our program apart is that our students will continue to have a College Possible coach through degree completion so if they are facing challenges to reenrollment we will work with that student individually to get them back on track.” Nischik said.

Over the course of their junior and senior years, students complete 320 hours of curriculum in a supportive group of college-bound peers. The junior curriculum orients students to the college application process, provides extensive preparation for the ACT/SAT exam, introduces students to college life through campus tours and allows time for students to apply for summer enrichment opportunities. Junior year students also practice writing “grit and growth” essays to tell their personal story and the obstacles they have overcome.

The senior curriculum leads students through the college application process, assists students in applying for financial aid and scholarships and guides students through the transition to college. This year the College Possible program had two Gates Millennium Scholars for the first time, a full scholarship for undergraduate at the school of their choice and also graduate school .The scholarship application is intense with eight essays involved among other things the student has to provide. Their coach played a big role in encouraging and motivating the students to put in the work and actually apply for the scholarship.  

College Possible Students Celebrate Graduation

College Possible students share hugs with their coach.

The White House has recognized College Possible as an innovative program transforming communities across the country in a report titled, “Increasing College Opportunity for Low-Income Students,” released at the 2014 White House summit on college success. On a local level, the Portland chapter of College Possible has served 1,382 low-income Portland-area students last year, with 382 of those students enrolled in high school. In addition to serving high school students, College Possible served 130 college students enrolled in over 20 colleges across the country in the 2015-2016 school year. This year, students enrolled in the College Possible program had the highest ACT score increase for the second year in a row, increasing scores by 26%.

College Possible Portland began serving students in east Multnomah County high schools due to high rates of poverty in these areas. Schools served include Reynolds, Gresham, David Douglas, Parkrose, Centennial and Madison. They currently serve 480  high school students and 290 college students. Over the past three years, the program has achieved unprecedented results. College Possible’s goal is for 80% of its students to enroll in college their freshman year and continue through degree completion. Nationally, only 8 percent of low-income students actually earn a degree by age 26. They are working diligently with great results to close the degree-divide and ensure low-income students have the same opportunities as their upper-income peers.   

Because students are supported from their junior year of high school all the way through college graduation, the program grows exponentially every year. Once they are in college, students transition to a tech-connected college program. Tech-connected coaches work with students throughout the year and connect them to local resources on campus, assist with financial aid applications and talk through personal issues such as cultural barriers to help prevent “roadblocks” that could cause students to stop out. Portland State University has the highest enrollment in the program, with 26 students enrolled in the 2015-16 school year and Nischik expects that number to almost double next year. However, College Possible doesn’t limit their students’ options to in-state schools. The program lets students know about all the opportunities available to them and encourages them to  go where the best fit is. “Some students might assume a private college is out of reach because they’re not aware of programs that could assist them,” Nischik said. “We make sure that students apply to at least five colleges and have options when it comes to financial aid packages.”

CTL to Showcase Innovative Education Technology Solutions at ISTE 2016

CTL to Showcase Innovative Education Technology Solutions at ISTE 2016

Stephanie Shea

Stephanie Shea

Marketing Manager at CTL
Stephanie Shea holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Georgia and has almost 20 years of writing experience ranging from newspaper reporting to PR, blogging, website copy, product descriptions, social media and advertising. When she’s not at CTL, Stephanie can be found playing the tenor sax, practicing astrology or hitting the running trails in Forest Park.
Stephanie Shea

Stop by Booth #3234 and Our Monday Night Social Hour at ISTE 2016!

If you’re among the 500 companies and 16,000 educators attending this year’s ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) conference June 26-29, 2016 in Denver, CO, you’re invited to stop by CTL’s booth #3234. Meet our team, try out demos of our latest technology and learn more about what we have to offer schools. Monday evening, June 27th, we’ll be hosting a social hour at the Rialto Cafe, just a few blocks from the Colorado Convention Center. Enjoy an open bar, complimentary appetizers and socializing. To attend the CTL ISTE 2016 Social Hour, RSVP here – http://ctl.re/CTL-ISTE-Social-Hour.

For those who have never been, ISTE is a four-day conference that combines professional learning opportunities, networking and access to a massive Expo Hall featuring the latest Ed Tech products and services. CTL has some exciting products to showcase this year, including:

  • CTL J5 Rugged Convertible Chromebookthis Chromebook flips 360 degrees to turn into a tablet when needed. It has a 10 pt. capacitive touch screen and is versatile enough to use in 5 different modes.
  • CTL NL61 Chromebookthis is an updated model of our wildly popular NL6 Education Chromebook and features a new, more powerful Intel Braswell Quad Core N3160 (2.24 GHz 2MB Cache) processor. Thanks to this high-powered processor, the NL61 boasts up to 14 hours of battery life. It still has all the great features of the NL61, including a rotating camera, ruggedized design, a convenient carry handle, and 32GB of storage. Available with touch screen and/or CTL X-Panel pressure-resistant cover included.
  • CTL Chromebox – this small, lightweight, VESA-mountable device makes it easy to go Chrome in school computer labs or offices! With HDMI out (1080p), 4 USB ports and an ethernet port, this 4.25’’ x 4.25’’ x 1.0625’’ The CTL CB-1 Chromebox weighs less than one pound and can mount on the back of a monitor for a large-screen Chrome experience.
  • CTL J Series ChromebooksThese Chromebooks have earned a “Highly Rated” Editor’s Rating by PC Magazine, with reviewer Brian Westover saying “I’d recommend it as the best education-focused Chromebook we’ve seen.” We have a full range of options in this series including 2GB RAM (J2), 4GB RAM and IPS Panel (J4+), and extra rugged (J2X and J4X).
  • CTL X-Panel Pressure-Resistant Chromebook CoversThese Chromebook covers can withstand up to 400 lbs. of pressure from the top, where most breaks occur. By installing the CTL X-Panel on the J Series or NL1, breaks from the top are reduced by up to 90%. Plus this durable cover doubles as a whiteboard, making it fun for students to personalize their device!
  • And more! CTL offers a lot more than hardware. We specialize in complete solutions for 21st Century learning including a host of enterprise level educational services such as professional development, custom logo painting, Apps such as GAFE, Securly Cloud-based internet security, Pearson Education software and eTextbooks, asset tagging and much more. See the CTL Education Solutions Guide for our complete range of services and warranty options.

We’re excited about all that ISTE 2016 has in store this year. We look forward to reconnecting with old friends and meeting lots of new folks as well. Hope to see you there!

1:1 Education Solutions from CTL at NCCE February 24-26

1:1 Education Solutions from CTL at NCCE February 24-26

Stephanie Shea

Stephanie Shea

Marketing Manager at CTL
Stephanie Shea holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Georgia and has almost 20 years of writing experience ranging from newspaper reporting to PR, blogging, website copy, product descriptions, social media and advertising. When she’s not at CTL, Stephanie can be found playing the tenor sax, practicing astrology or hitting the running trails in Forest Park.
Stephanie Shea

CTL’s 1:1 Education Solutions on Display in booth #106 at NCCE 2016 in Seattle, WA!

CTL is proud to exhibit our 1:1 Education Solutions at NCCE 2016, including our education-specific Chromebooks, Makers Factory GBL Cube, PocketLab wireless scientific sensor and 360-degree Windows tablet. We’ll be exhibiting in booth number 106 along with more than 130 education and technology vendors. NCCE stands for Northwest Council for Computer Education and is an organization providing year-round professional learning opportunities for K-20 administrators, educators and support staff. NCCE hosts the larges education technology conference in the Northwest.

CTL is much more than a hardware provider–we’re an educational resource for instructional and administrative software, technology management, staff development, internet security and more. CTL stands for Compute Teach Learn and we pride ourselves on our customized 1:1 education solutions. All CTL Chromebooks and Windows devices meet the criteria for Smarter-Balanced testing and CTL has been awarded multiple state 1:1 purchasing agreements such as the MLTI (Maine 1:1 Multistate learning Technology Initiative), OETC (Organization for Educational Technology and Curriculum), TIPS/TAPS Cooperative Purchasing Systems, DigitalEdge and more.

Be sure and take advantage of our show specials:

  • CTL J2 Chromebook for Education (Highly Rated by PC Magazine) for $149, including one year of Securly content filtering to assist with CIPA compliance
  • CTL J2 Chromebook Bundle – $169 with Chrome Device Management Console
  • CTL J4+ Chromebook for Education with IPS Panel and 4GB RAM $189
  • CTL NL6 Education Chromebook – $229
  • 30 Chromebook Cart & License Bundle (20 CTL J2 Chromebooks + 30-unit Charge Cart + 30 Chrome Device Management Licenses)
  • CTL EG2 360-degree Windows Tablet – From $349
  • Pocket Lab Wireless Scientific Sensor – $99
  • Makers Factory GBL Cube (Optimized for MineCraftEdu) – $1349

CTL customers can also purchase our products and 1:1 education solutions using any of the following contracts: NASPO ValuePoint (formerly WSCA), OETC, TIPS/TAPS, DigitalEdge, MLTI, Michigan TRIG, OSU, Central Washington University and US Department of the Interior. We hope to reconnect with existing customers and meet some new people at the upcoming NCCE 2016. See you there! To learn more about CTL, contact CTL or visit www.ctl.net.

 

 

 

Educators: Join CTL at the OETC IntegratED and AcceleratED Conferences February 24-26!

Educators: Join CTL at the OETC IntegratED and AcceleratED Conferences February 24-26!

Stephanie Shea

Stephanie Shea

Marketing Manager at CTL
Stephanie Shea holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Georgia and has almost 20 years of writing experience ranging from newspaper reporting to PR, blogging, website copy, product descriptions, social media and advertising. When she’s not at CTL, Stephanie can be found playing the tenor sax, practicing astrology or hitting the running trails in Forest Park.
Stephanie Shea

Educators: Join CTL at the OETC IntegratED and AcceleratED Conferences February 24-26, 2016

OETC IntegratED and AcceleratED ConferencesCTL is proud to represent our solutions for educators at the upcoming Oregon Educational Technology Consortium OETC IntegratED and AcceleratED conferences in Portland, Oregon. The OETC IntegratED Conference is a three-day event from Wednesday, February 24 through Friday, February 26, 2016. This learning conference is focused on technology integration strategies and networking for technology providers and educators. The OETC IntegratED conference will offer a supportive community with informational sessions designed for educators to teach and learn collaboratively. The IntegratED conference will focus on developing the skills and strategies needed for enhanced teaching and learning experiences. Both the OETC IntegratED and AcceleratED conferences will offer valuable information for educators, administrators and IT professionals.

CTL will be displaying their Chromebooks and other 1:1 classroom solutions all three days of the the event, which will be held at the Portland Airport Sheraton. Come say hello and learn more about our innovative education products with enterprise level service and support. When you check in at our exhibit, you’ll receive a chance to win a CTL J2 Chromebook for Education! This Chromebook has been highly rated by PC Magazine and recommended as “the best education-focused Chromebook” by reviewer Brian Westover. All CTL Chromebooks and Windows devices meet the criteria for Smarter Balanced Testing.

We’re proud to hold an OETC product contract as well as many other national, state and regional contracts such as NASPO ValuePoint (formerly WSCA), TIPS/TAPS, DigitalEdge, MLTI, Michigan TRIG and more. To shop through the OETC Contract, please visit the CTL OETC store page here: http://ctl.re/OETC-contract

The OETC AcceleratED conference is a one day event customized for educational administrators. This technology integration strategies conference will be held on Wednesday, February 24. Sessions are designed to be small, personalized environments where administrators can teach and learn collaboratively. The OETC IntegratED conference is a two-day event held Thursday, February 25 and Friday, February 26 and will focus on technology integration strategies for educators. We hope to see you at these events!

Compute, Teach, Learn – CTL Has Your 1:1 Solutions!

Compute, Teach, Learn – CTL Has Your 1:1 Solutions!

Stephanie Shea

Stephanie Shea

Marketing Manager at CTL
Stephanie Shea holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Georgia and has almost 20 years of writing experience ranging from newspaper reporting to PR, blogging, website copy, product descriptions, social media and advertising. When she’s not at CTL, Stephanie can be found playing the tenor sax, practicing astrology or hitting the running trails in Forest Park.
Stephanie Shea

Compute, Teach, Learn: CTL Education Technology Specialists are Ready to Customize Solutions for Your Classroom

There’s a reason that CTL stands for Compute, Teach, Learn. We pride ourselves on our experience and expertise in education. All CTL Chromebooks and Windows devices meet the criteria for Smarter-Balanced testing. With special pricing for our qualified education customers, we’re dedicated to providing the most cost-effective solutions to meet 1:1 initiatives. We’re here to help with hardware, internet security, classroom management solutions, professional development and more. Give us a call today at 800-642-3087 and let one of our education technology specialists help customize a solution for your classroom, school or district.

Compute, Teach, Learn is more than just a motto. CTL has a strong history in education, dating back to our line of 2goPC Windows tablets, which were launched more than six years ago. Since then, we’ve expanded our scope to include a CTL line of Chromebooks and a whole host of 1:1 solutions CTL has been awarded multiple state 1:1 purchasing agreements such as the MLTI (Maine 1:1 Multistate Learning Technology Initiative), OETC (Organization for Educational Technology and Curriculum), TIPS/TAPS Cooperative Purchasing Systems, DigitalEdge and more. 

CTL has been quietly manufacturing high quality laptops, desktop PC’s, monitors and servers for over 25 years for select authorized accounts, with a strong focus in the education, local and federal government sectors. We have been recognized as one of the Oregon’s fastest growing companies and were listed in CRN Magazine’s annual list of leading system builders as the 5th largest system builder in the United States. CTL is one of a handful of system builders in the country that have been named both Microsoft Silver OEM’s and Intel Technology Providers at the Platinum level. CTL is headquartered in Portland, Oregon and we pride ourselves on basing our manufacturing, sales and support here in the United States.

Curious about CTL’s 1:1 solutions? Contact CTL today to learn more and let us help you to Compute, Teach, Learn!

 

 

Why Buy CTL? We Let Our Customers Tell You

Why Buy CTL? We Let Our Customers Tell You

Stephanie Shea

Stephanie Shea

Marketing Manager at CTL
Stephanie Shea holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Georgia and has almost 20 years of writing experience ranging from newspaper reporting to PR, blogging, website copy, product descriptions, social media and advertising. When she’s not at CTL, Stephanie can be found playing the tenor sax, practicing astrology or hitting the running trails in Forest Park.
Stephanie Shea

Why Buy CTL? Our Customers Share Their Experience

CTL_imageWhy Buy CTL? We could write a blog post explaining why CTL offers such great products, support and service. But rather than asking you to take our word for it, we decided to have some of our happy customers share their favorite things about working with us. These testimonials come from just a few of our satisfied customers who appreciate working with a tech company with 25 year history  that has USA based service and support. Read on to discover how CTL goes the extra mile to keep our customers happy.

 

“Centennial School District has been working with CTL for a few years now on projects ranging from large scale projector and Chromebook deployments to smaller, single classroom needs. Their customer service is top-notch. When I need a quote for a new order we get it the same day and usually within a few hours. For RMA’s their support team is quick, courteous, and always communicates well the status of ticket. CTL’s management does an excellent job reaching out to their K-12 customers for feedback and genuinely works with their customers to improve upon their products and service. I highly recommend CTL to anyone who is looking for great products, service, and competitive pricing.”

Frank Decker, Executive Supervisor, Instructional Technology & Assessment
Centennial School District

 

“Working with CTL has been a great investment for the Hillsboro School District. CTL provides a great value for the pure hard costs of the technology we are wanting to deploy in our schools. And from my perspective, and equally as important, they excel at providing exceptional value in the soft costs of purchasing technology; time spent researching specs, value in added in providing support on fundamental design and deployment strategies, excellent working relationship. Working with CTL has been and continues to be a value added relationship for our district. I trust them and am able to count on them delivering what they commit to and when they commit to doing it.”

Don Wolff, Chief Information Officer
Hillsboro School District 1J

 

“With over two decades in the tech industry, and five years with CTL, I can honestly say CTL has been the best company to work with. From sales to support the process is always painless.  Fortunately, I never use the support side much, but my few experiences there have been quick and responsive with great results. Being on the state contract list makes it easy to spend the majority of my tech budget with CTL, especially when I’m worried about ROI on an ever tightening budget.”

Don Mespelt, Technology Coordinator
Administrative School District 10
Seaside School District

 

“Working with CTL has been a benefit to our organization. We have found value in working with CTL and their products are serviceable and many use modular components and allow our technicians the ability to repair machines through their in-house certification program. This has allowed us to keep our costs of keeping machines operating low.  We have been using CTL Chromebooks as our standard issue and they have been robust and cost-effective, providing a lot of value to our organization. We are very pleased with the performance, cost, and ongoing reliability of the products that we have received from CTL. Their sales and customer support staff are top notch!”

David Klusman
Oregon City School District

 

“I have been working with CTL for about a year, sourcing all of our desktop PC’s as well as some data infrastructure equipment. CTL has been easy to work with, always meeting stated timelines, and providing right sized solutions that fit our business needs. Additionally every person I have interacted with at CTL has been outgoing, friendly, helpful and a team that is truly enjoyable to work with.”

Marsha Lawton, IT Manager
Powell’s Books

 

“CTL is our preferred supplier for IT hardware.”

Shane Prychun, IT Department
Roth’s Fresh Markets

 

“Working with CTL has been easy and a pleasure and very professional. There is follow-through.  For example, during a period of tight supply on Chromebooks, the staff reserved systems for me in the next shipment and made sure to work with me at every step so I knew what was happening and the timing of the orders. There was a clear sense that they were looking out for my interests, and not just selling computers. Thanks CTL!”

Craig Donnan, MA, Systems Administrator
Washington West Supervisory Union

 

“CTL has been a go-to vendor for Bi-Mart for many years. Often the best price in the market, good quality and on-time delivery. As a Northwest-based, employee-owned company, Bi-Mart values long-term partnerships. CTL has always shown a willingness to work with us to offer custom deals that meet our needs. That quality of working with us, rather than just offering us packaged offerings, defines a good partner.”

Joel Rosenberg, Vice President of Information Systems
Employee/Owner
Bi-Mart Corporation

 

Looking for more information about CTL’s products, services and support? Contact CTL or call 1-800-642-3087 today to learn more. We’re here to help you with all your technology and IT needs.