San Jose, California, June 14, 2011 – DC Electronics, a San Jose, California based cable and harness assembly firm, today announced a new company initiative designed to support educational innovation in Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey counties. DC Electronics has presented Beacon Education Network with a significant donation to help prepare students for success in college and the workplace.
“These students are the future”, says DC President Dave Cianciulli. “Our community needs a smart, innovative workforce. It’s in our best interest to insure that our local educational system produces top-notch people. We looked at the Beacon program and are very impressed. The results Tom and his team are achieving really speak for themselves”.
Beacon President and CEO, Tom Brown says the money will help Beacon implement new tools to improve communication and collaboration between students, faculty and families. “We take the approach that we can’t just do things the way we’ve done them in the past and hope for better results. We’re always looking for ways to improve learning and the grant from DC Electronics will allow us to personalize offerings for students and their families as well as our teaching staff.”
While most public attention and private philanthropy has focused on school improvement efforts in large urban areas like Los Angeles and Oakland, Brown and his colleagues at Beacon believe the need for school improvement is just as great in more rural areas like the Pajaro and Salinas Valleys. “We don’t have the numbers of LA or Oakland but we have a very high percentage of families who depend on public education in the same way. Let’s face it, we all need to find ways to do ‘more with less’ and DC’s investment will help us reach more students and their parents more effectively.”
About Beacon Education Network
Beacon Education Network was founded in 2006 to open public charter schools in high-need communities on the central coast. Beacon’s first school, Ceiba College Preparatory Academy, opened in 2008 and serves 250 middle school students in Watsonville. Ceiba High School, also in Watsonville, will open this fall while an elementary school is planned for 2013. BEN schools are focused on increasing college readiness, admission and graduation rates for low-income, minority and English-learner students. For more information, visit: https://www.beaconed.org