Technology Grant Improves Program Delivery for 14,000 Students

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News

Published on March 11, 2020 with No Comments

Thanks to funding from the Porter County Community Foundation, Dunes Learning Center has new tools to deliver environmental education programs aligned with Indiana Academic Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and Project Lead the Way Pathways for students in grades 3-12.

Porter County Community Foundation’s support provided much-needed computer upgrades for the education team at Dunes Learning Center. Specifically, four refurbished iMac desktop computers plus two refurbished MacBook Air laptops replaced existing computers put in service as early as December 2010.

“Dunes Learning Center strives to develop the region’s next generation of environmental leaders for long-term community success,” Executive Director Geof Benson says. “During the school year, our education team delivers a continuum of environmental-STEM programs that connect classroom lessons with the outdoor world. What makes us unique is the fact that we customize program delivery to help teachers meet their individual classroom goals. This requires a great deal of collaboration between our staff and teachers. These new computers will significantly improve the efficiency of this process.”

This funding wraps up a four-step technology upgrade on Dunes Learning Center’s campus, which features 10 residential cabins plus a multi-purpose lodge inside Indiana Dunes National Park.

Beginning in 2017, the National Park Service funded infrastructure improvements to begin upgrading internet service. Next, a First Source Foundation grant provided funds for new computers in the administrative offices. A resilience grant from ArcelorMittal extended the improved internet service, and a recent Porter County Community Foundation grant award provided the education team with new computers to take advantage of the faster service.

“It’s clear that this capital investment will positively impact program delivery at Dunes Learning Center, with Porter County students reaping the benefits for years to come,” Bill Higbie, PCCF President and CEO, says.

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Thinking about Summer Camp?

This is the way to check out and meet our staff on Saturday, March 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Explore Dunes Learning Center’s Indiana Dunes National Park, 700 Howe Road, Chesterton, campus and celebrate Spring with a day of fun in the dunes! Guided hikes, nature crafts, music and more. Plus, ride the free shuttle bus to Chellberg Farm to check out Maple Sugar Time. Plus, enjoy live music and delicious cookies.

For those considering summer camp… Sample popular activities, tour camp facilities, meet our staff and ask questions about the upcoming summer season. Plus, take home some pollinator seed bombs from Franklin Pest Solutions.


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