ACS Powers up Challenger Center with check for $25K

Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2002

ACS Alaska has partnered with The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska to power up their distance education program.

ACS Alaska Vice President Mary Ann Pease, and Southwest District Manager Chuck Stauffer, recently presented a $25,000 check to the Center to help with the high power connectivity necessary to implement the program, "It's what we're calling the powered by ACS solution for the Center, it's basically high speed connectivity into the facility and will be for the long distance learning program as well" said Pease.

According to Challenger Learning Center of Alaska Executive Director Steve Horn, this money helps to provide the bandwidth that will deliver the Center's distance education curriculum with video and audio over the Internet to schools throughout the State of Alaska. It also provides high speed DSL service into the building.

"This does not happen without support, especially at the local level from Chuck Stauffer and his crew. They have been the ones that have really supported the Center and convinced Mary Ann and the senior ACS management to come down and look at what we do and from that has evolved the long-term support, and it's that local involvement that I'm extremely proud of. ACS are truly are partners in communication," said Horn.

Pease likened the new connectivity to the difference between a rocket being launched into outer space and a Cessna taking off from the Kenai airport. "This truly is much faster and more up to date. It's the latest and greatest technology out there and that's why we're so proud to be in this partnership with the Challenger Learning Center. This commitment to the Challenger Learning Center doesn't end this year, this is a commitment that goes on for several years and we hope to maintain this partnership well into the future," added Pease.

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