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Originally posted on bbpschools.org

The Bayport-Blue Point School District has partnered with Long Island-based tech giant Future Tech Enterprise, Inc. to support the next chapter of the schools’ “Thinking Forward” vision plan.

Working in tandem, the district will benefit from the globally recognized, full-service IT solution provider’s expertise as it develops plans for its next-generation classrooms and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) initiatives. In the coming months, the company will aid in the redesign of those classrooms targeted to house the new computer science and engineering programs (beginning in 2015-16) at Bayport-Blue Point High School.

The partnership, valued at $250,000, will continue over the next five years, during which the company has vowed to provide technology consulting, design/implementation support and services. Additionally, Future Tech will play an integral role in facilitating meetings between the district and public and private parties with a desire to donate support for future enhancements.

“BBP is extremely grateful for the support Future Tech has shown for our Thinking Forward tactical plan,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Vincent Butera. “In today’s global learning community, it is imperative that students are not only provided with the education to learn, but also the appropriate resources to achieve. The company’s support will help us ensure that our next-generation classrooms are best equipped to meet these needs.”

[highlight type=”one”]“As an alumnus of the district and CEO and founder of Future Tech, it is my great pleasure to aid the district in bringing to fruition its plans to enhance learning spaces for today’s students,” said Future Tech CEO Bob Venero. “As a technology-based company, we see firsthand the myriad of job opportunities this growing industry can bring, and have a personal stake in supporting today’s youth in their desire to explore fields related to the areas of STEAM.” [/highlight]

Launched in 2014, BBP’s Thinking Forward is comprised of four overarching components – Learning, Connections, Environment and Pathways – and is geared toward enhancing educational opportunities for all scholars. This partnership will not only support the environment component, but also bring benefits to the areas of learning and connections.