McClatchy High School students are learning advanced computer skills at four computer labs recently donated by the California Department of Corrections through the Computers for Schools Program.

Media are invited to tour the labs with CDC Director James H. Gomez tomorrow, January 15 at 1:30 p.m. at C. K. McClatchy High School, 3066 Freeport Blvd. Gomez will meet McClatchy Principal Kathleen Whalen, talk with computer instructors, and look over the shoulder of students using the state-of-the-art computer equipment.

Corrections uses inmate labor to refurbish computers donated to the Detwiler Foundationís Computers For Schools Program. The department gives away 20 percent of the upgraded computers to its prison neighbors. The balance are distributed statewide by the Foundation.

CDC’s contributions to McClatchy included:

  • 29 Pentium 133 MHz computers (chips donated by Intel)
  • 62 486 DX/33 systems with new monitor, LAN card, keyboard and mouse
  • Added memory and multimedia capacity for 24 existing Pentium computers

Volunteer help by four CDC staff to install the computers over a weekend

Corrections used $40,000 from a $10 million Legislative authorization (AB 835) which allows the department to buy parts to augment the donated computer equipment.

To date, Corrections has refurbished about 20,500 computer systems. With 14 institutions now involved in the program, CDC is turning out about 3,000 refurbished systems per month.