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New laptops for students at Alpena Community College

ALPENA, Mich.– Alpena Community College has brought in new equipment to aid students.

The A.C.C. Board of Trustees voted on October 2 to use some of their CARES Act funding to acquire new laptops for students to use. Their 240 laptops arrived this week, with a total price tag of around 260,000 dollars.

The Board decided to purchase the devices when they learned the Chromebooks used by many students were struggling to handle the software required for remote learning in multiple classes.

A.C.C. President Don MacMaster says students will be able to rent the laptops much like books.

“You send out electronic gear, there’s potential for some damage or somebody… folks unfortunately losing it or that sort of thing. So we want to try and create a little bit of a reservoir to replace those units. We’re thinking about 25 dollars, probably.”

The college is currently in the process of setting up the computers and installing software.

MacMaster says the laptops should be ready in about two to three weeks.