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Five GUSD Schools are QAD Project Upgrade Technology Grant Recipients

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.-QAD Inc., a leading provider of enterprise software and services designed for global manufacturing companies, today announced the recipients of its annual Project Upgrade technology grants. Each year, QAD coordinates with the Santa Barbara County Education Office to award Project Upgrade funds to selected local schools for technology upgrade projects.

“At QAD, we believe that a big part of developing the technology leaders of tomorrow is ensuring they have access to the technology that shapes the way we live and learn today”

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“At QAD, we believe that a big part of developing the technology leaders of tomorrow is ensuring they have access to the technology that shapes the way we live and learn today,” said QAD President and Chairman of the Board Pam Lopker. “QAD is proud to be a part of the Santa Barbara technology community. There is so much potential in this area and it is an honor to support the great schools and educators that nurture that talent.”

QAD has championed local technology improvement through Project Upgrade since 2005. This year’s award grants were presented at a ceremony on June 3 at QAD headquarters in Santa Barbara, California. In addition to QAD executives and employees, representatives of the Goleta School District and the Santa Barbara County Education Office were on hand to honor the recipients.

Award Recipients

  • El Camino Elementary School received funds to purchase Sphero SPRK Edition Robots and Apple iPads to help create Maker Spaces for its fourth through sixth-grade classes. El Camino Maker Spaces will be focused on electronics, robotics, and other gadgets that promote STEM tinkering, building, invention and creativity.
  • Ellwood Elementary School received funds to purchase new iPads for older students whose current iPads will be passed on to first-grade students. The new iPads will allow the students to utilize Apple Classroom and other applications designed for the latest iPad models.
  • Mountain View Elementary School received funds to expand its STEM program through the purchase of iPads, Dash and Dot Robots and the Little Bits program which fosters STEM/STEAM interest through invention-based learning. Mountain View recently converted its computer lab into a STEM lab and now offers STEM classes for all its students.
  • Kellogg Elementary School received funds to purchase iPads for its kindergarten through second-grade classrooms. The new iPads will allow teachers to provide differentiated lessons using the district-provided Lexia program.
  • Brandon Elementary School received funds to purchase iPads and Apple TVs. The school’s goal is to equip every classroom with Apple TVs, including its special education classrooms and its Learning Center.
  • The Santa Barbara High School Art Department received funds to purchase a 3D printer. Teachers will employ 3D printing to enhance all advanced art projects with a particular focus on the Jewelry and Design class.

About QAD – The Effective Enterprise

QAD Inc. (Nasdaq:QADA) (Nasdaq:QADB) is a leading provider of enterprise software and services designed for global manufacturing companies. For more than 35 years, QAD has provided global manufacturing companies with QAD Enterprise Applications, an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system that supports operational requirements, including financials, manufacturing, demand and supply chain planning, customer management, business intelligence and business process management. QAD Enterprise Applications is offered in flexible deployment models in the cloud, on-premise, or in a blended environment. With QAD, customers and partners in the automotive, consumer products, food and beverage, high technology, industrial products and life sciences industries can better align daily operations with their strategic goals to meet their vision of becoming more Effective Enterprises.

Foothill School Library Media Specialist Named as Classified Employee of the Year

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Foothill School Library Media Specialist, Karen Pickford was honored at this month’s County Board of Education meeting on April 7. Left to right: Susan Salcido, Deputy Superintendent; Karen Pickford, Foothill Library Media Specialist; Weldon Howell, County Board of Education Trustee; Bill Cirone, County Superintendent (Photo credit: Santa Barbara County Education Office)

Each year school districts across the state nominate exemplary classified employees for the honor of being named a County Employee of the Year. Among six honorees at the
April 7 meeting of the Santa Barbara County Board of Education was Goleta’s own
Karen Pickford – a former Foothill School parent who is now the school’s Library Media Specialist.

The employees selected for County honors will advance to consideration for one of several State Classified Employees of the Year.

In comments supporting her nomination, Superintendent William Banning said, “Karen Pickford has worked as a Library Media Specialist (LMS) at Foothill School for many years. She has seen families of children, generations of teachers, a fair number of principals and central office support personnel all come and go. She’s kept abreast of children’s interests, monitored literary award winners and worked to maintain a library at her school that keeps the scholars there interested and engaged.

“Karen is dedicated to the children and adults of the school community. Each year she works additional hours to assure that the school library is open at least one day a week throughout the summer. She is active in school activities and knows every child by name. She is a valuable resource for the school’s teachers and supports classroom instruction regularly. Whenever we need to know something about the school’s history, Karen is the go to source of information and inspiration.

“Karen also serves as the vice president of the district’s local chapter of the California School Employees Association (CSEA). She is responsible in large part for the ongoing positive labor management relations our district enjoys with our classified employee association, and if that’s not leadership, I don’t know what is. Karen Pickford is certainly a worthy candidate for selection as one of Santa Barbara County’s Classified Employees of the Year.”