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October 17, 2000

College of Business Administration
And Pacific Bell Unite to Help Students

California State University, Sacramento's College of Business Administration and Pacific Bell have teamed up to help the students of Father Keith B. Kenny elementary school receive new computers and education opportunities through a project called the Business Academy. Pacific Bell is the major sponsor donating $22,600 to the project.

College of Business Dean Felicenne Ramey and teacher Kay Sain started the Business Academy to introduce children to the business world and start them thinking about future career opportunities. "Most of these children have not been able to be on a computer nor do they have access to a computer at all. These funds from Pacific Bell will provide them this opportunity," says Dean Ramey. The funding will provide computer equipment, Internet services, and other important resources.

The Business Academy consists of three specific components that will serve as focus areas of study for the participants. They are:

The world connect program is an opportunity for students to establish international Internet pen pals.

The world research program will teach the children how to conduct research about other countries over the Internet.

The business competition program is where students will compete for an award.

A key goal of the Business Academy is to motivate the students to learn and feel comfortable with computers and computing equipment. "I am thrilled that we are able to offer these opportunities to these at-risk children. It will help them in conquering the digital divide," says Ramey. Ramey and Sain also hope the program will inspire the children to continue on to higher education.

More information is available by contacting Dean Ramey at (916) 278-6942. Media assistance is available by contacting public affairs at (916) 278-6156.


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