When we first opened our doors in 1997, I couldn’t have imagined that the organization would evolve from providing affordable technology to schools to also providing life-changing technology training to people in need.
And yet, it makes sense. Workforce training has been at the heart of the organization since the very beginning. Since 1997, we have been providing our offender workforce with hands-on technology training – giving them an opportunity to improve their lives and learn employable skills. Expanding our training program into the community has been a natural evolution of our mission.
I am proud to say that we are not just providing technology to people in need - we are teaching them the skills they need to begin a career in IT and earn a liveable wage.
2017 positioned the organization for major growth in 2018 and I am eternally grateful to all of our partners, customers and supporters who have helped us along the way. Thanks to your support and contributions, we have empowered thousands of students to pursue a career in technology.
Minnesota Computers for Schools works collaboratively with schools and educationally focused community organizations to provide technology solutions and skills training to individuals in need.
We refurbish donated computers and place them in schools and educational nonprofits that serve an at-risk population.
Our free CORE: IT classes provide students with technology certifications and the opportunity to pursue internships, employment and further education.
Our recycling program follows the highest standards to protect donors’ data and the environment. We are dedicated to secure information destruction processes and recycling end-of-life electronics.
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:
We anticipate final NAID certification in September, 2018.
In addition, we are also registered with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and licensed by Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment to operate a Hazardous Waste Facility in the State of Minnesota.
At Minnesota Computers for Schools, we work to provide life-changing technology access and training to people in need. Our CORE: IT training program provides free technology training to people who would otherwise be left behind in today’s digital world. This training not only gives students a clear career path in the technology field, but increases their self-confidence and leads to economic stability.
“My kids miss having their own house. They ask me, ‘Mommy, when will we have our own house again?’ I need a stable job so I can give my kids a place they can call home. This class has given me the opportunity to provide for my family.”
“CORE: IT opens doors for people – by supporting Minnesota Computers for Schools you’re not only supporting the community, you are saving a life from poverty and crime.”
I wanted to thank you for extending yourself by offering the support needed for me to get where I am now. These days I have meaningful employment, a new car and am working on creating more for myself by building my credit and forging new relationships and connections - no small feat considering where I was just 6 months ago.
It takes a small village to achieve our mission and we rely on the support of individuals, schools, nonprofits, companies and government organizations. A big thanks to our 2017 donors – we are grateful for your support and dedication to closing the digital divide.
Archie D. & Bertha H. Walker Foundation
The Benevity Community Impact Fund
Best Buy Foundation
Boyum & Barenscheer PLLP
Craig & Julie Murphy
F.R. Bigelow Foundation
Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation
Jeffrey HalburJerry Sosinske
The K Foundation
March Family Foundation
Mark Davy & Associates
Minnesota High Tech Association
Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence
Network For Good
Poehler/Stremel Charitable Trust
Saint Paul Foundation
Velocity Tech Solutions LLC
Without a steady flow of donated computer equipment from businesses, we would not exist.
55 businesses and government departments donated computers to MCFS in 2017 – putting it to good use in the community instead of tossing it in a landfill.
"Land O’Lakes donates computer hardware to MCFS to give back in the local community. It provides the exciting opportunity to impact the academic lives and future career opportunities of youth in Minnesota. By empowering students with access to computers and IT training, Land O’Lakes is inspiring the next generation of technology leaders."
"Partnering with MCFS provides us the opportunity to safely and responsibly maximize the value of our donated computer equipment. Together, we are helping to provide students access to technology and helping to build valuable computer skills for tomorrow's workforce."
Learn more about becoming an equipment donor.
In the next year, we will train more people in need, both through our existing programs and new initiatives. We will develop new curriculum, offer more classes and create a robust internship program - giving students an opportunity to put their skills to use and start a career in IT.
To achieve this growth we will expand our community partnerships, which will give us access to more students. We will increase our equipment donor base because a steady stream of donated equipment is vital to the success of Minnesota Computers for Schools. We will expand our donor and volunteer networks because we cannot do this important work alone.
We know how to close the digital divide. With your help, we will.