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HP and MESA Host Education Summit to Increase Minority Student Retention in Engineering and Computer Science

MESA Community College and HP Wireless Mobile Classroom Grant Recipient to Demonstrate One-to-one e-Learning

More than 100 elementary- to college-level educators from across the country gathered today at HP's Cupertino, Calif., campus to begin a two-day technology training and networking summit. Hosted by Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) and HP (NYSE:HPQ), the summit will explore the innovative use of technology in the classroom to improve the retention and transfer rates for low-income, minority students in the engineering and computer science fields. MESA is an academic program to help these students excel in math, science and engineering and graduate from college with degrees in these fields.

Summit participants include MESA program directors and faculty from nine California community colleges that were awarded the HP Community College Pre-Engineering and Computer Science Initiative Grants in 2001 and 2002.(1) Representatives from other community colleges in the country that received HP grants also are at the summit to learn more about MESA's minority student retention and transfer program.

HP awarded the grants to MESA programs because of the program's proven track record. Of MESA community college students who transfer to four-year institutions, 100 percent are math-based majors. In addition, 90 percent of California's minority engineering baccalaureate recipients are MESA students.

Valued at nearly $2 million, the grants comprise the HP Wireless Mobile Classroom and related teacher training. The technology will be demonstrated at Cañada College in San Mateo, Calif., on Saturday, May 11.

"The grant has provided our faculty with a significant teaching tool," said Rosa Perez, president, Cañada College. "It enables us to do the kind of teaching that is contemporary, especially given our location here in Silicon Valley."

The HP Wireless Mobile Classroom allows up to 30 students to use wireless, Internet-connected computers simultaneously.(2) The equipment can be moved throughout the school and allows students to interact with teachers in real time. As a student works on a problem, the teacher is able to track each step and analyze the student's progress. The teacher can personalize instruction based on the student's individual skills.

"The HP Wireless Mobile Classroom is a strong motivator for teachers and students," said James Dorsey, undergraduate program director, MESA. "It increases exposure to the teaching and learning opportunities made possible by technology and enriches communication between teacher and student."

"Technology is a crucial resource for educators," said Bess Stephens, global director, HP Philanthropy and Education. "HP values immensely the role of teachers in getting students interested in math and sciences early on and preparing them for engineering and computer science careers."

Aimed at fuelling academic advancement through technology, HP's educational grants illustrate the focus of HP's philanthropy and education programs on promoting educational opportunity and HP's vision of e-Inclusion -- a future in which all people have access to the social and economic opportunities of the digital age.

About MESA

Founded in 1970, MESA works with more than 30,800 students throughout California from elementary through university levels. One of the strengths of the program is the active partnership between public schools, higher education and industry. More information about MESA can be found at http://www.mesa.ucop.edu.

About HP

HP is a leading global provider of products, technologies, solutions and services to consumers and businesses. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing. The merged company had combined revenue of approximately $81.7 billion in fiscal 2001 and operations in more than 160 countries. Information about HP and its products can be found at http://www.hp.com.


(1) The 2001 and 2002 grant recipients are: Aims Community College, Colo.; Baltimore City Community College, Md.; Boise State University, Idaho; Cabrillo College, Calif.; Cañada College, Calif.; College of Southern Idaho; Community College of Philadelphia, Pa.; Contra Costa College, Calif.; East Los Angeles Community College, Calif.; Gavilan College, Calif.; Hartnell College, Calif.; Northern New Mexico Community College; Sacramento City College, Calif.; San Diego City College, Calif., Santa Ana College, Calif.; Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, N.M.

(2) The HP Wireless Mobile Classroom includes HP Omnibook notebooks with extended-life batteries, an HP Officejet all-in-one printer/copier/scanner/fax, an HP digital camera, the MobiLAN ONE wireless motorized cart from Wireless Information Networks and Mindsurf Discourse instructional delivery software for everyday teaching in a one-to-one computing environment.

About HP

HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions, and services, we engineer experiences that amaze. More information about HP Inc. is available at http://www.hp.com.