Bergen County Technical Schools Honored by NJ State Board of Education

October 9th, 2015

Bergen County Technical Schools has been awarded a certificate of appreciation from the NJ State Board of Education and NJ Commissioner of Education David C. Hespe for the district’s work on the New Jersey Digital Readiness for Learning and Assessment Project (DRLAP) – Broadband Component.

The project created a regional purchasing consortia for high-speed telecommunication services to help schools bring down the cost of broadband services.

To date, NJDRLAP-Broadband has reduced the price of internet access by 76 percent for 145 participating school organizations across New Jersey, providing those districts with more than twice as much bandwidth as they previously had while saving them $89 million.

The project was developed by NJ DOE and implemented by a partnership that included the Middlesex Regional Educational Services Commission, Bergen County Technical Schools and Dellicker Strategies, a management consulting firm.

Besides creating a technology infrastructure sufficient for administering online assessments and digital learning applications, NJ DRLAP has laid the foundation for a statewide network of shared services.  The project’s three-year goal is to involve the majority of New Jersey’s public school districts and charter schools and as many non-public schools as possible in the network.

Bergen County Technical Schools Director of Technology Ed Hayward accepts the certificate from NJ DOE. He is joined by NJ State Board of Education President Mark Biedron and NJ Commissioner of Education David Hespe

Bergen County Technical Schools Director of Technology Ed Hayward (center) accepts the certificate from NJ DOE.  He is joined by NJ State Board of Education President Mark Biedron (left) and NJ Commissioner of Education David Hespe

See the NJ Department of Education Power Point on the NJ DRLAP project.

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