Queensbury Campus Grants Fund Student Chromebooks Textbook Reserve Program
Some 100 SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury students will soon be the owners of new Chromebooks thanks to American Rescue Plan Act funding.
The Cardinal Chromebook Technology Assistance grant submitted to Warren County last summer was approved in October for nearly $33,000 for the purchase of 120 Chromebooks. Those books will be distributed in part to 100 Warren County students who are PELL-grant-eligible. PELL is a federal needs-based grant administered by the U.S. Department of Education.
The remaining 20 books will be kept on reserve at the branch campus for short-term loan outs for single-student or group-class use.
In addition, the branch campus received approval of its Textbook on Reserve grant, approved by the county from its ARPA funding, in which close to $17,000 will be used to build a reserve of textbooks for student use, saving them the expense of purchasing the books for required courses in their undergraduate majors. Once purchased, the books will be accessible to students in the library at SUNY Adirondack, on whose campus SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury resides.
“By helping remove technological and financial barriers, we are grateful for Warren County’s support in helping to ensure that every student has the tools needed for academic success,” said Emma Bartscherer, director of SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury. “Many students at the Queensbury campus are first-generation college students who care for dependents and hold down jobs.
“Seventy percent work part- to full-time jobs during the semester,” she said. “As soon as the Chromebooks and textbooks arrive, students will receive information about how to take advantage of these opportunities.”
Bartscherer said the campus “is especially grateful to have made these new connections that directly benefit our students.”
Awaiting Word on Third Application
In addition to thanking Warren County for its financial support, Bartscherer called out Michael Simpson, director of sponsored research, “who was instrumental in helping manage key details of both grants,” she said.
SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury is the only four-year school to offer in-person classes in Warren County, Bartscherer said. She is awaiting word on a third grant application — the largest submitted by the campus — that would allow them to hire a dedicated mental health counselor who would offer students one-on-one counseling as well as academic and career support.
For more information about the grants, call the campus at 518-792-5425 or email [email protected].