A message from our Executive Director and Board Chair

Impact

The need for technology is huge and growing. In 2016 Minnesota Computers for Schools continued to meet that need by connecting even more people to technology and technology training. Through our work we can transform pre-owned technology into a new laptop for a student, a CompTIA certification, a computer lab, a next step in closing the digital divide.

Service in numbers

In 2016 we placed 3,495 computers in 103 schools and educational nonprofits and donated 49 computers to students in need across the state. We have grown our CORE: IT community workforce development program with 331 students completing 22 courses across 4 partner sites serving the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro. The foundation to our Bridge Pathway to Employment continues to be laid with 13 individuals obtaining internships.

3,495

COMPUTERS PLACED

49

Computers Donated

311

STUDENTS Trained

Stories

Educators

Purchasing computers and laptops from Minnesota Computers for Schools allowed us to scale our technology up really quickly. It would have taken a lot longer to upgrade our technology access if we had purchased new because it’s much more expensive

– Tim Schleicher, Database & Technology Dept. Administrator, Community of Peace Academy

Minnesota Computers for Schools was founded as a way to bring new technology into Minnesota schools. Today we continue to be the most adordable, practical option for educators looking to make the most out of their budgets. MCFS discounts and grant opportunities give schools the opportunity to purchase larger quantities of desktops and/or laptops, upgrade their computer labs on a more frequent basis, or apply that budget savings to other needs within the school.

We have been making good use of the laptops this fall already! Our sixth graders have been using them on a daily basis working with an online math program called Mangahigh. It's centered on game-based learning and involves a lot of graphics and animation, which the kids have loved! They've also used them recently for research on an engineering design project to create a frame for a rear-projection setup for our stage area at school. It's been very helpful to have these computers.

– Diane Giorgi, Lino Lakes Elementary Schools

Laptops exponentially increase students’ ability to complete homework outside of school, correspond with employers, universities, friends and teachers via modern communication methods, and become literate with 21st century technology

– Paul Creager, Gordon Parks High School.

Got Game

Orenda Humboldt Coding Club

MCFS partners with Humboldt High School in St. Paul to find new ways to connect students with technology. One program, the Humboldt Coding Club, teaches students how to design and build video games using the STEM Fuse platform. This year one of our Humboldt students, Maihoua (Mai) won their annual "Got Game" competition, with her game Orenda."

What inspired me to make my game was my siblings. When I told them I was making a game, they flooded me with ideas that I couldn't keep up with them. During the process of making my game, my siblings would look at my screen and ask if they could try out the game and test it. It was so cute how they would find glitches and would figure out how to fix it with me. They may be elementary kids but there imagination kept my imagination flowing!

– Mai

Jeremiah

I plan on using the knowledge gained from IT Essentials not just at my job but also my everyday life.

– Jeremiah Fuller, IT Essentials at Minneapolis Urban League

CTEP

My goal for each day is to show something new that's cool.

Over the years we have developed a strong relationship with the Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) AmeriCorps. CTEP members work to bridge the digital divide by helping youth and adults use technology to better access opportunities. MCFS works with CTEP members through service in our partner locations.

CTEP member Evan Davis has taught MCFS CORE I.T. classes since September of 2015, teaching adults and youth in the community skills ranging from how to use Microsoft Word or perform an Internet search to video game design and coding. "It's great when you see that click [in the student's] head when they think 'Oh, this is cool!'

Evan applied to the CTEP AmeriCorps program after graduating from St. Olaf in Northfield, Minnesota. The position stood out to him because it provided the opportunity to perform direct service work and capacity building. To him, direct service work encouraged him to build relationships and get involved in ways that doesn't always happen through other programs.

“When I first started teaching I made the mistake of assuming what people knew. At the time, I primarily taught English as a second language (ESL) students and didn't realize the challenges people faced and how that showed up in regards to their computer literacy. So, for example, I would only spend a day on basic skills like mousing and then move on, however the students weren't able to keep up because of how little they had interacted with a computer. I definitely had to slow down and not take anything for granted.”

The relationship we have with Evan and CTEP has allowed us to deepen our workforce development offerings and better shape our curriculum to meet the unique needs and barriers of the communities served by MCFS

F-Shop

We often say that workforce is the core of our organization. Our ability to recycle and refurbish technology, and to bring affordable solutions to local schools is made possible by the offenders who work in our F-Shop at the Stillwater Correctional Facility

Letter to MNCFS

* Name has been changed for privacy

The Tekne Awards

Tekne AwardEach fall, the Minnesota High Tech Association Tekne Awards honor innovation in the Minnesota science and technology sectors. Our work delivering CORE I.T. technology skills training and certification courses through community partnerships earned MCFS a nomination in the category of "Collaboration for Community Impact" and on November 15th we accepted the award at the offcial ceremony!

Partnerships have always been a cornerstone of our work. They allow us to reach more people and deliver a stronger continuity of support for individuals as they attend our courses and graduate and go on to seek living wage, sustainable career paths. While these partnerships continue to bloom, this acknowledgment from MHTA shines a bright light on the work we are all doing and reaffirms our commitment to this important piece of our organization!

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT IN 2016

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Responsible manufacturing and respect to data security are paramount to our technology recycling and refurbishing work. MCFS follows rigorous standards set by leading entities such as the Department of Defense, HIPAA, NIAP and Microsoft to ensure that every piece of equipment that enters our workshop is handled according to industry best practices. We take our policies seriously, undergoing yearly audits that result in the following certifications:

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In addition we are also registered with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and licensed by Washington Count Department of Public Health and Environment to operate a Hazardous Waste Facility in the State of Minnesota.

SUPPORTERS

Minnesota Computers for Schools is a multifaceted organization that engages with individuals, schools, nonprofits, companies, and government agencies to carry out our work. We are able to achieve our mission through the generosity of our donors, the loyalty of our customers, and the shared vision of our community partners.

Community Partners

MCFS is able to deliver our programming through vital community partnerships. Our partners recognize the need for technology skills training in the communities they serve and invite us in to their facility to deliver classes.

Core I.T. Partner Locations

Partner Location Map
Emerge
EMERGE Cedar Riverside Career Lab

1525 S 4th St #202, Minneapolis, MN 55454

CORE I.T. Classes: Digital Foundations, CISCO IT Essentials, Web Design, Game Design, Winter Youth Camp

Emerge
Emerge
EMERGE Career and Technology Center

1834 Emerson Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411

CORE I.T. Classes: IT Essentials, CompTIA A+ Exam Preparation, Game Design

Emerge
Emerge
Humboldt High School

30 Baker St E, St. Paul, MN 55107

CORE I.T. Classes: Game Design, Video Game Coding Club

Humboldt HS
Emerge
Neighborhood House

179 Robie St E, St. Paul, MN 55107

CORE I.T. Classes: Game Design, CompTIA IT Fundamentals, CISCO IT Essentials

Neighborhood House

CORE I.T. BRIDGE PATHWAY TO EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT

Bridge Pathway: St. Paul College Articulation Agreement

Through our Bridge Pathways to Education programming, we have partnered with Saint Paul College to form an articulation agreement. This agreement provides college credit for a Cisco IT Essentials certificate earned in MCFS programs. Additionally, through this partnership there is guided placement services and coordinated programming through field trips in the future to open houses, industry information sessions, IT boot camps, introductions to college credit programs, IT/business services, and scholarships for long-term educational and vocational success.

Bridge Pathway: Office of Higher Education Licensure

Minnesota Computers for Schools obtained licensure early in 2017 through the Oce of Higher Education. Any private training program oering occupational programming below the associate degree level is required by the state of Minnesota to have licensure, and so this is an important step in our ability to deliver and grow our CORE: IT programming. This licensure commits our organization to meet state standards regarding student records and accessibility, instructors, admissions, course expectations and evaluation, and more.

  • Allianz Life Insurance Company
  • AmazonSmile
  • Archie D. & Bertha H. Walker Foundation
  • Best Buy Foundation
  • Boston Scientific
  • Bremer Foundation
  • Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin
  • David Catlette
  • David Thiede
  • Deborah A. Johnson
  • Desiree Culpitt
  • DonateWell
  • Ecolab
  • Ecolab Foundation
  • Elmer L & Eleanor J. Andersen Foundation
  • Erick Maki
  • Erin Wait
  • Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
  • Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation
  • Gary Urban
  • Tamara Gillard
  • Hardenbergh Foundation
  • Insight Edge, LLC
  • Jennifer Dymicki
  • Jennifer Ridgeway
  • Jerry Vincent
  • Julie & Craig Murphy
  • Kaitlin & Clint McMahon
  • Lee P. Yang
  • March Family Foundation
  • Marla Haley
  • Maverick Software
  • Michael Davy
  • Michael Klein
  • Mike Linnemann
  • Navigate Forward, Inc.
  • Neal Lewis
  • Network for Good
  • Otto Bremer Foundation
  • Paige Vinall
  • Pentair Foundation
  • Poehler/Stremel Charitable Trust
  • Richard Braden
  • Richard M Schulze Family Foundation
  • Russell Fraenkel
  • Saint Paul Foundation
  • Sarah Morrison
  • Stephanie Shea
  • Carter Tatge
  • Thomas Tieman
  • Tim Barrett
  • Travelers Community Connections
  • Travelers Foundation
  • Your Cause

Donating equipment to Minnesota Computers for Schools fits into everything we stand for as a company. But also, at its heart, it is the ideal community project because it’s very no-nonsense and straightforward. MCFS allows us to maximize the value of our equipment and deciding to partner with them was a very common sense, smart and easy business decision.

-Michael Newman, Vice President, Travelers Foundation

  • Allianz Life
  • Atwater Cosmos Grove City Public Schools
  • Avtex
  • Best Prep
  • BlueCross BlueShield
  • CentraCare
  • CentraCare - Monticello
  • Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
  • Chisago Police Department
  • City of Blaine
  • City of Bloomington
  • City of Stillwater
  • City of Woodbury
  • City of Wyoming
  • Clientek
  • Community School of Excellence
  • Consolidated Lumber
  • Cyber Village Academy
  • DEED
  • Department of Military Affairs
  • Direct Sources
  • Ecolab Foundation
  • Edvisions High School
  • Engineering Leadership Boot Camp
  • Evantage Consulting
  • Face to Face Health and Counseling Service, Inc.
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Federal Highway DOT
  • Forest Lake ISD 831
  • GAF Materials Corporation
  • General Dynamics Information Systems
  • Girl Scouts
  • Great River Energy
  • Guadalupe Alternative Program
  • Hennepin County
  • Herbert H. Humphrey Job Corp Center
  • ICON
  • James Kroesch & Associates
  • John Roberts
  • Lake Elmo Bank
  • Learning for Leadership Charter School
  • Lyksett Illustration LLC
  • MCM Services Group
  • Metropolitan Council
  • Metropolitan Council (Plant)
  • Midwest Special Services
  • Milestone AV
  • Minnesota Attorney General's Office
  • Minnesota Board of Psychology
  • Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards
  • Minnesota Correctional Facility-Moose Lake
  • Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights
  • Minnesota Correctional Facility-Rush City
  • Minnesota Correctional Facility-Shakopee
  • Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater
  • Minnesota Correctional Facility-Togo
  • Minnesota Department of Health
  • Minnesota Department of Psychology
  • Minnesota Housing Finance
  • Minnesota IT Services
  • Minnesota Management & Budget
  • Minnesota National Guard
  • Minnesota Office of Higher Education
  • Minnesota State Retirement System
  • MN IT
  • MN POST
  • Minnesota Zoo
  • Nalco
  • Nalco Water
  • New Heights Charter School
  • New Ulm Telecom
  • North Sky Capital
  • Office of Governor Mark Dayton
  • Pace Analytical
  • Perkins Capital Management
  • Prepare & Prosper
  • Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Progress Valley
  • Purchased Computers
  • Randall Berger Consulting
  • Randy Donaldson
  • Rewired 14
  • Rice Memorial Hospital
  • RiteWay Manufacturing
  • Rob Cardinal
  • Science Museum of Minnesota
  • SEED Academy Harvest
  • St. Charles Bormeo School
  • St. Cloud Hospital
  • St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School
  • St. Joseph’s School, Grand Rapids
  • St. Marys School, WI
  • St. Paul School District
  • Starbase Minnesota
  • State of Minnesota Surplus
  • Stillwater Area High School
  • Stillwater School District
  • Summit Mortgage Corporation
  • The Phoenix Service Corporation
  • Transfiguration Catholic School
  • Travelers Foundation
  • United States Department of Agriculture International Technology Services
  • United States Secret Service
  • Uponor
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services- St. Croix WMD

With our tight school budget we would NOT have the equipment we have without the purchase program MCFS offiers - we are very thankful that we can purchase great equipment at a fair price.

- Ron, Norman County West School District

  • Lubavitch Cheder School
  • Norman County West School
  • St. James School
  • Battle Lake School District
  • Buffalo Lake – Hector Schools
  • Fertile-Beltrami Public Schools
  • Atwater Cosmos Grove City Public Schools
  • Mayer Lutheran High School
  • South Washington School District
  • Zion Lutheran School
  • St. Casimir's School
  • Holy Trinity School/Winstead
  • Lanesboro Public Schools
  • St. Michael's Lakeside School
  • St. Mary's Jr., Sr. High School
  • Herman-Norcross Community School District
  • Byron Public Schools ISD #531
  • East Grand Forks Area Special Education Coop
  • Cass Lake-Bena ISD
  • New Heights Charter School
  • Crookston Cathedral School
  • Ada-Borup School District
  • Prairie Lutheran School
  • St. Paul School District
  • Pine Harbor Christian Academy
  • Dover-Eyota Public Schools
  • Humboldt High School
  • Kenyon-Wanamingo
  • St. Anne School/Wabasso
  • Comfrey Public School
  • Calvin Christian High School
  • Ashby Public School
  • Chisago Lakes School District
  • St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School
  • Forest Lake ISD 831
  • Yinghua Academy
  • St. Raphael School-Springfield
  • Immanuel Lutheran School/Gaylord
  • Community School of Excellence
  • Menahga Public School District
  • Martin Luther High School
  • St. Paul Preparatory School
  • St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and School
  • St. Philip’s School, Bemidji
  • Harbor City International School
  • Cyber Village Academy
  • Discovery Charter School
  • AVID Program
  • Guadalupe Alternative Program
  • Queen of Peace School
  • St. Joseph’s School/Grand Rapids
  • PACT Charter School
  • North Crawford School
  • Venture Academy
  • North Park Elementary
  • Little Falls ISD
  • Math and Science Academy
  • Hinckley-Finlayson Public Schools
  • Magnuson Christian School
  • Life Academy
  • St. Marys School, WI
  • Art & Science Academy
  • Our Savior Lutheran School
  • Stride Academy
  • Minneapolis Public School
  • St. Francis School District
  • Freedom Academy Charter School
  • Event Equipment 2016/Students
  • North Shore Community School
  • E-Centered Ministries
  • Twedt Academy
  • Summit Charter School

Our Team

Staff

Staff
  • JIM
    CHRISTIANSEN

    Regional Sales Manager

  • DES
    CULPITT

    Workforce Development Manager

  • TAMARA
    GILLARD

    Executive Director

  • DAVE
    KANIPES

    Intake Manager

  • MIKE
    KINGBIRD

    Production & Online Sales Associate

  • NEAL
    LEWIS

    Director of Operations

  • STEPHANIE
    SHEA

    Marketing Manager

  • JIM
    THIRSTEN

    Inventory Manager

  • TOM
    TIEMAN

    Production Manager

  • LA
    VANG

    Business Manager

  • LEE
    YANG

    Production & Tech Support Manager

Core I.T. Instructors

  • Evan Davis, CTEP AmeriCorps

  • Scott McCillicuddy

  • Tim O'Connor

  • Hnou Vang

  • Khou Yang

Board of Directors

  • LEAH ANDERSON, Land O’ Lakes

  • KAREN BLACK, Insight

  • RICHARD BRADEN, Honeywell

  • VINOTH GOPALAKRISHNAN, Independent Consulting

  • MARLA HALEY, Ecolab

  • DEBORAH JOHNSON, Board Chair | D J Consulting, L.L.C

  • VALORIE KLEMZ, Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners

  • ERICK MAKI, Vice Chair | Bremer Bank

  • DEB MCGAHEY, SPHR, SHRM-SCP | HR Options LLC

  • DOUG SWENSON, Lutheran Social Services

  • PAIGE VINALL, Allianz

  • ERIN WAIT, Treasurer | Travelers

FINANCIALS

Finacials

$1,505,972
Program Services

$130,187
General and Administrative

$193,104
Fundraising


Finacials
$1,522,334

Total Revenues,
Support and
Other Income


$816,548 Computer Sales
$513,076 Contributed Services and Use of Facilities
$159,381 Contributions and Grants
$32,991 Event Revenues
$338 Interest Income

Assets
Assets

Click here to view the full 2016 Audited Financial Statements.

Balance sheet, income statement, functional expense allocation and program expenses available upon request.

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Minnesota Computers for Schools works collaboratively with schools and educationally focused community organizations to provide technology solutions and skills training to individuals in need.