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QAD Awards Technology Upgrade Grants to Local Community


June 4, 2015
By Business Wire News

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.

QAD Inc. (NASDAQ:QADA) (NASDAQ:QADB), a leading provider of enterprise software and services designed for global manufacturing companies, today announced a corporate donation to community initiatives that focus on advancing technology education. QAD has spearheaded local technology improvement initiatives through Project Upgrade and TeachNet for more than 10 years.

“QAD is committed to giving back to the communities in which we operate,” said QAD Founder and President Pam Lopker. “Our community giving program aligns closely with the company’s core values of partnership, integrity and commitment to excellence. It is crucial to enable today’s students with the technology to help them excel in the future.”

QAD coordinates with the Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO) to award Project Upgrade funds to selected local schools for technology upgrade projects. QAD identifies the schools based on a grant application process. Interested schools are encouraged to contact SBCEO for more details.

Current awards are:

  • Santa Barbara High School and its Computer Science Academy Foundation received funds to buy laptops to support a new math class: Pre-Calculus Honors with Python, which incorporates computer programming. The academy offers four distinct computer science courses, enrolling 150 students. Demand for these courses has doubled each of the last two years. In addition to an introductory computer science course and AP Computer Science, the school is developing innovative mobile programming and computational art courses.
  • Hollister School received funds to purchase a 3D printer, Dash & Dot robots, Lego Machines and Mechanisms kits, Parrot Minidrones and Chromebooks. Hollister School uses these items to perform coding and critical thinking tasks during its “Challenge Genius Hour.” The school is in Phase 2 of a three-phase plan to develop an integrated technology learning program.
  • Foothill Elementary School received funds to buy Chromebooks and the MY Access writing software program. MY Access is a writing development program that utilizes artificial intelligence and linguistic technologies to improve student writing in science, math, language arts and social studies.
  • The Multimedia Arts and Design (MAD) Academy received funds to purchase new computers, replacing outdated technology. The Academy is a project-based learning model with a vocational focus utilizing technology as a learning tool. It offers 24 courses in media arts, English, history/social studies and science. The MAD Academy has internship opportunities and a student-run media arts business. It is proud of its 17-year record of graduating every student and its 100% college admittance rate. QAD has hired MAD graduates at its corporate office in Santa Barbara.

In addition, QAD partners with SBCEO to fund the QAD TeachNet Technology Grant Program. QAD offers grants to teachers who improve student learning and achievement by addressing the technical, practical and pedagogical issues surrounding the integration of technology in classroom instruction. This year, QAD awarded grants to 13 teachers in the Santa Barbara County public schools.

About QAD – The Effective Enterprise

QAD Inc. (NASDAQ: QADA) (NASDAQ: QADB) is a leading provider of enterprise software and services designed for global manufacturing companies. For more than 35 years, QAD has provided global manufacturing companies with QAD Enterprise Applications, an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system that supports operational requirements; including financials, manufacturing, demand and supply chain planning, customer management, business intelligence and business process management. QAD Enterprise Applications is offered in flexible deployment models as on-premise software, in the cloud with QAD Cloud ERP or in a blended environment. With QAD, customers and partners in the automotive, consumer products, food and beverage, high technology, industrial products and life sciences industries can better align daily operations with their strategic goals to meet their vision of becoming more Effective Enterprises.

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