Apergy has always been committed to supporting “technology with impact” to solve our industry’s greatest challenges. That same thinking is behind our recent donations of re-purposed laptops from several locations nationwide to meet the pressing needs of students who may lack this critical tool as they adapt to online learning due to COVID-19 related shelter in place restrictions. We partnered with Comp-U-Dopt, Inc and similar organizations to ensure the computers are thoughtfully distributed and helping fulfill our purpose of improving lives.
According to recent studies, greater than 30% of economically disadvantaged families lack access to a computer at home. This impacts their family time, ability to do homework, and even creates social barriers. Without computer literacy and regular access, a world of content and knowledge is unwittingly beyond the reach of these students.
In addition, more than 75% of all jobs in the U.S. require tech skills and 58% of all STEM jobs are computer science jobs yet only 8% of college graduates elect paths in this field. Donations of re-purposed computers give students access and exposure to technology we give them the opportunity to see a new path forward.
Donations also benefit the environment. Greater than 80% of e-waste is sent to landfills producing 20M pounds of e-waste annually. Comp-U-Dopt’s unique program model repairs and refurbishes these tools, keeping them out of landfill and giving them a second life with a young learner without access to technology at home.
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