University's Team Project Receives Major Grant from MCI WorldCom

Montclair State University's TEAM (Technology, Education, Access, Mentoring) project has received $80,000 from MCI WorldCom to enhance existing Computer Learning Centers and establish three others in the township of Montclair.

The two-year grant was announced May 16 at a ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. In attendance from Montclair State University were Dr. Gregory Waters, vice president for Institutional Advancement, Dr. Freyda Lazarus, director of Cooperative Education and Service-Learning, and Huron Benson, a student involved with TEAM. They were accompanied by William "Bucky" Schnarr, executive director of TEAM, a partnership of Montclair State University, community organizations, religious institutions and technology volunteers focused on addressing the digital divide.

The MCI WorldCom grant is administered under the Campus Compact "Making a Civic Investment Program." Campus Compact, based at Brown University, is a coalition of college and university presidents committed to helping students develop the values and skills of citizenship through participation in public and community service. It is the only national higher education organization whose primary purpose is to support campus-based public and community service. Only 20 of the 160 programs that applied for the grant were funded, and Montclair State's is the only one from New Jersey.

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