RSRF Grants Oldenburg Academy $5,000 Toward A New Mac Computer Lab
Oldenburg Academy of the Immaculate Conception thanks the Rising Sun Regional Foundation (RSRF) for their grant of $5,000 toward a new Mac computer lab. This state-of-the-art computer lab will primarily be used by the art department, but will be available to all students. The lab will feature Mac desktop computers, laptop computers, drawing tablets, and the most up-to-date Macintosh software. The new hardware and software will interface easily with the students’ existing iPads.
The new computer lab will enhance learning and creativity and will allow students to gain technology skills that are in demand in today’s workplace. Students will learn graphic design, photo editing, and computer illustration skills. The new educational tools will help students create digital artwork for their portfolios, which will help them obtain art awards, scholarships, and entrance to art programs in colleges and universities.
“The new Mac lab is a goal that we have been working toward for a long time,” said Ms. Pamela J. Burroughs, Art Faculty. “I am really looking forward to teaching students graphic design, photo editing, and computer illustration on the new computers with current software. I’m excited to see all of their creative ideas come to life!”
Oldenburg Academy is known for its award-winning fine arts program. The art department offers a comprehensive program covering all four years of high school. Although enrollment changes from year to year, generally one third of Oldenburg Academy students take an art class each year. These art students earn state and national awards for their work. Students may choose to take Advanced Placement (AP) Art during their senior year, in which they submit a digital portfolio to the College Board for review for college credit.
Oldenburg Academy’s Mac Lab Project has also received funding as this year’s Special Project at the Reverse Raffle, from Ms. Pam Burrough’s VHE Award, the Art Club, and the Art Department budget. The project will be completed over the summer, and the new computer lab will be ready for use at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year.