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Booting up – Nonprofits complete tech program

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SAN JOSE – A tech program that matches Silicon Valley nonprofits with local companies had its first six graduates Thursday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The program, called Wired for Good, was sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Nonprofits, with funding from Applied Materials, Cisco Systems, IBM, 3Com and other firms.

The six nonprofit groups completed a series of workshops on how to create a technology plan.

The groups are the AIDS Community Consortium, Community Association for Rehabilitation, EMQ Children and Family Services, Hospice of the Valley, Information and Referral Services and the Peninsula Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

“Now that they’ve written a plan that they can afford and support, they’ll have access to a resource bank of donations of computers, training and office furniture – because you can’t just put a computer anywhere – and discounts and support from volunteers in the private sector,” Joni Podolsky of Wired for Good, told the Chronicle.

The next Wired for Good program begins in April. Call 408-294-2300, ext. 212.

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