Tee Time for Techies

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
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July 29, 2005


Tee Time for Techies

Students from Fairfax County’s Computer Learning Center Partnership will be teeing off in a golf outing with employees of a local telecommunications firm, Nortel PEC Solutions, on Friday, Aug. 12, at the Westfields Resort and Conference Center, 14750 Conference Center Drive, Chantilly. The event begins at 3:15 p.m.

Students from the computer learning partnership will play in groups of three with a Nortel employee, while the company will sponsor the golf fees and a reception. Westfields will sponsor lessons with its golf pro and host the reception.

“This outing is an example of leveraging private resources to provide opportunities for our program participants,” said Paulette Armstrong, Computer Learning Center Partnership program manager. “Programs like this create a culture of engagement in Fairfax County.”

The Computer Learning Center Partnership, which is part of the county’s Office of Partnerships, is a public-private partnership that brings together business, education, philanthropic and government resources to enable underserved children to improve their technology skills, complete project-based literacy activities, participate in homework labs and take part in service-learning projects.

“Nortel PEC Solutions has always done whatever we could to improve the community in which we live and work,” said Alan Harbitter, Nortel’s chief technology officer. “This program draws a direct connection between our employees, many of whom are passionate about the sport of golf, and a group of kids that could use a little extra help and guidance to succeed.”

Since June, these budding golfers have taken five one-hour lessons in Maryland and Virginia sponsored by National Urban Internet. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to blending technology into communities, and in this case, children, golf and technology.

“This is a real opportunity for these youths,” added John Rosenthall, president, National Urban Internet. “We really appreciate the relationship with Nortel PEC. Our kids will have an opportunity to play golf at one of the finest facilities in the country and to interact with technology professionals at the same time.”

For more information about the computer learning center program or the golf outing, contact Armstrong at paulette.armstrong@fairfaxcounty.gov or 703-324-5371, TTY 711, or Meredith Eisenberg at meredith.eisenberg@fairfaxcounty.gov or 703-324-5194, TTY 711, or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/partnerships.

Fairfax County is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in all county programs, services and activities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. To request special accommodations, call 703-324-3187, TTY 711. Please allow five working days in advance of events in order to make the necessary arrangements

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