Caisson Launches Charity Program; Donates Tech Tool to Local School

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Telecom brokerage and consulting company, Caisson Technologies this month announced the start of its Charitable Giving Program focused on giving back to area schools.

Gatewood Elementary School kindergartener prepares to play DreamBox Learning using a Caisson-donated headset

Today's schools are in a unique position with regard to IT infrastructure. So much of learning is going online. Network security is an ongoing issue.

Telecom brokerage and consulting company, Caisson Technologies this month announced the start of its Charitable Giving Program focused on giving back to area schools.

The program's focus is education with an emphasis on improving technology in local schools. “The region's education institutions are near and dear to our heart,” explains Caisson president, Brian Wade.

Indeed, Caisson has helped deliver telecom to schools since it began in 2005. It currently has 17 schools as clients, as well as educational software company, DreamBox Learning. In 2008, Mr. Wade was a guest speaker at a school facility managers conference where he spoke about telecom challenges unique to school facilities and strategies for managing services and lowering costs. On a personal level, Caisson’s owners are parents of children attending, or who are about to attend K-8 in Seattle.

To launch the program, Caisson donated technology tools to one local school during Teacher Appreciation Week, which happened earlier this month.

“As with most starts, our first donation is humble. Still, it is with deep appreciation for Gatewood Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher, Mr. Skeffington that Caisson donates Califone® headphones for his in-classroom, active-learning computer lab,” Mr. Wade said earlier this month.

This sort of help comes at a time when the technology needs of school programs and facilities are great. Schools need robust Wi-Fi networks, public networks, office administration networks, and all of them need to be connected to high speed Internet access. Schools need sophisticated firewalls to prioritize traffic and network security. E-911 must be activated. The list goes on and the cost adds up.

“A big part of our affinity for schools comes from what we see in our work. Today's schools are in a unique position with regard to IT infrastructure. So much of learning is going online. Network security is an ongoing issue. We see school managers and teachers work really, really hard to make it all happen,” said Mr. Wade.

There are other programs designed to help schools with technology costs. Mr. Wade points out that the “E-Rate Schools and Libraries Program provides discounts on telecom, Internet access and internal connections to eligible schools and libraries.”

The E-Rate Schools and Libraries Program is by Universal Service Administration Company (USAC). To learn more about USAC’s program visit http://www.usac.org.

To learn more about Caisson Technologies visit its website. Reach Caisson President Brian Wade direct at (206) 420-0140.

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