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January 25, 1989 2 min read
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The Intel Corporation has established a new foundation to encourage precollegiate educators and students to emphasize “basic literacy” in science and mathematics.

The foundation, which went into operation earlier this month, is seeking constructive suggestions from educators about ways to accomplish its goals.

“We are looking for opportunities and ideas that the schools might bring to us,” said Toni Barrientos, a spokesman for the foundation.

Intel, a California-based manufacturer of computer components, hopes to use the new foundation to enable a wide range of students, including those whose formal education may end with high school, to discover career opportunities in the technical disciplines.

“These kinds of informational skills are not just for the college-bound, because there is a shift in opportunities” in these fields, she observed.

Ms. Barrientos noted that at least one of the company’s branches has fostered an adopt-a-school program. “We hope to do that kind of thing more extensively,” she added.

She also suggested that programs that offer “summer-enrichment opportunities” for students could receive favorable consideration for grants.

In addition, the foundation wants to foster “innovative programs” that “encourage teachers to stay in teaching, particularly in the sciences,” Ms. Barrientos continued.

Applicants are not required to use computers in their instructional programs in order to be eligible for grants, she added.

The foundation proposes to focus its efforts on Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Oregon, where the corporation has major installations, Ms. Barrientos said.

It will accept applications for grants throughout the year, though Ms. Barrientos declined to say how much grant money is available.

Copies of the guidelines governing applications for grants are available from the Intel Foundation, 5200 Northeast Elam Young Parkway, Hillsboro, Ore. 97124-6497.

G.t.e. Education Services Inc., a division of gte Information Services, based in Tampa, Fla., has signed an agreement to transmit ed-line, an education-related electronic news service published by the National School Public Relations Association.

Ed-line, which includes such services as “Legal Briefs,” “Teacher Talk,” and “Ruraline,” will be transmitted over the g.t.e. Education Network, which is available to more than 7,000 precollegiate educators across the country.

Those who presently subscribe to ed-line will automatically be transferred to the g.t.e. network by the end of the month.--pw

A version of this article appeared in the January 25, 1989 edition of Education Week as Computers Column

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