Pembina, N.D. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently donated used government computers to local area schools.
The area port of Pembina recently concluded an upgrade of most of its computer systems. In order to carry out the CBP mission, CBP maintains the most current technology available to the federal government. Computer software upgrades and technology improvements require new computers with higher speeds and more memory.
The computers that are replaced during these upgrades are still functional but inadequate for CBP's use.
As a result, 251 computers were donated to local area schools in Minnesota and North Dakota.
"Donating these computer systems to area schools is good for the students in that it provides additional platforms for learning," said Pembina Area Port Director Mary Delaquis.
Office of Information and Technology Field Technology Officers sanitized the personal computers, removing all data and software from the computers prior to the donation. The FTO's donated some of their own time to re-image the computers for some of the schools to ensure functionality. The schools that received the computers were able to enhance teaching tools to include white boards, expand networking abilities and replace outdated equipment.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.