SANTA BARBARA, Calif., May 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — QAD Inc. (Nasdaq: QADA) (Nasdaq: QADB), a leading provider of flexible, cloud-based enterprise software and services for global manufacturing companies, today announced the recipients of its annual Project Upgrade technology grant. Each year, QAD coordinates with the Santa Barbara County Education Office to award Project Upgrade funds to selected local schools for technology upgrade projects.
“QAD has championed local technology improvement through Project Upgrade since 2005,” said QAD President and Chairman, Pam Lopker. “Santa Barbara has a vibrant and growing tech community and as part of that community, QAD competes for local talent and recognizes that it has an important part to play in developing that talent. Through Project Upgrade, we can play our part, assisting local schools to obtain the latest technology, and developing leaders who might someday spend their career doing great things at QAD.”
2018 Project Upgrade Award Recipients
Cold Spring School, Santa Barbara, CA
QAD selected Cold Spring School as the primary recipient of this year’s Project Upgrade technology grant. Cold Spring School, a recognized leader in technology curriculum, acknowledges the rapid advance of new technologies and is committed to improving computer literacy skills for all students. Most recently, science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) teacher Jean Gradias received the 2017 Santa Barbara North County Teacher of the Year award for her outstanding teaching and leadership in the field of technology. Funds from the Project Upgrade grant will be used to purchase a laser cut printer needed to implement the Design curriculum where students learn programming, engineering, producing and assembling. QAD is proud to support Cold Spring School in its ongoing efforts to expand the technical skills of its students.
La Colina Junior High, Santa Barbara, CA
QAD awarded an additional Project Upgrade technology grant to La Colina Junior High School. La Colina Junior High School’s vision for integrating technology is rooted in the International Society for Technology in Education Standards for Students, which in part, aims “to empower students and to develop computational thinkers and innovative designers.” La Colina teacher Amy Woods will use the Project Upgrade award to expand their current Makerspace and coding elective, and Makerspace club by purchasing robots that students will build and program using modern programming concepts.