1 million US students from Communities In Schools program to get Office 365 free

Communities In Schools (CIS), the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization, announced Friday that 1 million students and CIS staff in 26 states and Washington, D.C., will receive Microsoft Office 365 at home, at no cost, thanks to a three-year collaboration with Microsoft and technology partner COMPAREX.

“This unprecedented collaboration will allow our national network of 200 affiliates to provide their students with technology that can help close the achievement gap and better prepare students for real jobs,” said Dan Cardinali, CIS president, in a press release.

Jamie Harper, Microsoft U.S. Education general manager, said Microsoft is deeply committed to working with CIS and COMPAREX to harness the power of technology to provide students with equal access to digital resources.

“At-risk youth are often unlikely to have broadband Internet and other tools for learning at home, so we see this program as one step forward in the larger mission to bring all students the skills and certifications to better prepare them for college and the modern workforce,” Harper said.

To learn more, read the press release.

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff