QUINCY - Yahoo! donated 40 servers and related equipment to the computer science program at Big Bend Community College.
The gift – valued at $16,000 – will be used in the server lab and hardware classes, according to Mary Shannon, computer science instructional designer for the Title V Program.
The donation was arranged by Jason Thebault, Yahoo! Northwest site ops manager and Michael Allbee, Yahoo! data center technician and a member of BBCC's Computer Science Advisory Board.
The college received a $149,000 Workforce Development Grant in December to help hire a full-time computer science instructor, acquire instructional equipment and develop curriculum. Shannon said she anticipates the grant will be renewed for next year.
Last November, REC Silicon donated $88,000 worth of servers, data storage controllers, switches, server cabinets and networking gear to the program.
"One of the main reasons BBCC received the grant is due to our partnerships with private companies like Yahoo and REC," stated Shannon.