Boston, MA - March 5, 2008 - The AIIM International Exposition & Conference and the ON DEMAND Conference & Exposition along with its exhibitors, including activePDF, Inc., Bowe Bell + Howell, DataVault, DOXIM Inc., Eastman Kodak Company, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc., SalesForce.com, XMPie, Inc. and Xerox Corporation today presented state-of-the-art technology to Boston's Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the first school for the education of the deaf ever incorporated into a public school system, at a 'Thank You' event with officials from the City of Boston and the Horace Mann School. For the second year in a row, the Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will benefit from the generosity of exhibitors. Each year, Questex Media Group, the producer of the AIIM International Exposition & Conference and the ON DEMAND Conference & Expo, gives back to the local community by participating in a local education-related charity. The donation program is part of the conferences & expos taking place March 3-6, 2008 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.
Dr. Carol R. Johnson, Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools; James E. Rooney, Executive Director, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority; and Jeremiah Ford, Principal of the Horace Mann School, will be in attendance to receive the donations from the exhibitors. Donations include software, printing equipment and supplies. The donations are part of Questex's commitment to education and desire to leave a lasting legacy to the City of Boston.
"This partnership among Questex, exhibitors and the Horace Mann School has been exciting and fruitful. Our exhibitors know that their technology helps the students in their achievements both in school and beyond, the Horace Mann School and the City of Boston recognize the financial benefit of obtaining state-of-the-art hardware and software at little or no cost, and Questex has the satisfaction of helping the community in which it does business," said Kerry Gumas, President and Chief Executive Officer, Questex Media Group, Inc. "We strongly believe that the future of education depends heavily on the interface between corporate and private citizens, especially with the exponential growth in technology we see every year. By encouraging donations such as these, we hope to emphasize the concept of global responsibility for students and for educational institutions."
"Education is about innovation and about providing students with the technology that allows them to access the world," said Dr. Johnson. "This is not technology for the sake of technology but rather the ability to leverage the equipment, software and hardware available today to not only enhance the learning of students but to allow them to begin working with the very same materials and programs that they will employ in higher learning and the working world. The Boston Public Schools is very grateful to Questex Media Group and their wonderful exhibitors here at the AIIM Conference and Expo and the ON DEMAND Conference and Expo."
Since its founding in 1867, the Horace Mann School has evolved and expanded. The school now provides education and career training for 150 deaf and hard of hearing students from birth through age 22. Located in Allston, MA, the Horace Mann School follows the Boston Public School standards and curriculum frameworks and has an outstanding record of achievement.
Students at the Horace Mann School learn real-world computer skills while gaining valuable business and marketing skills. Through ScanWorks, a student-run venture, students are given the opportunity to sharpen their computer skills while experiencing first hand the challenges of operating a successful business. Students learn how to operate high-tech scanning equipment and work with sophisticated computer programs and develop other business skills such as how to find and secure clients, how to develop advertising that sells, and how to work effectively as a team. The students are building a business from the ground up, preparing them to become entrepreneurs or to find careers in the high-tech industry.
All Massachusetts schools offering a vocational technical education program are required to have a Program Advisory Committee. For more than 25 years, the AIIM New England Chapter has supported the Horace Mann School as a business advisor and partner, providing both technological expertise and funds. Students use computers in all of their courses and staff members are harnessing the power of technology to enhance their curriculum.
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