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Openlink and Hofstra Expand Technology Education Program

Students from Hofstra University’s Frank G. Zarb School of Business bring important technology lessons to schools in need

Uniondale, N.Y. – April 12, 2016 – Openlink, the global leader in trading and risk management solutions to the energy, commodities, corporate, and financial services industries, is proud to announce that its program with Hofstra University to bring technology education to schools on Long Island has been expanded in 2016.

Openlink provided a grant to enable students from the Hofstra Information Technology Association (HITA) to teach pupils in local schools the basics of computer science. The program began in 2013 with classes at The Progressive School of Long Island, Merrick, N.Y. This year, the Baldwin Middle School in Baldwin, N.Y. will also benefit from the program.

The program entails the purchase of mobile, low-cost computers to instruct students on basic elements of computer science and programming, and funds stipends for the Hofstra student teachers. These lessons make the students more tech savvy and the training improves their learning abilities and problem-solving skills.

“We are pleased to sponsor this program with Hofstra University and happy to be part of growing technology on Long Island,” said Rich Grossi, Executive Vice President of Global Operations and Support at Openlink, who sponsored the program at Openlink.

“This program represents the best of all worlds; it’s a win-win-win,” said Alexander Pelaez, Assistant Professor of Information Technology at the Frank G. Zarb School of Business. “The Hofstra students teaching the program learn how to explain new concepts and say it’s one of the best experiences they’ve had. Openlink benefits because they discover new talent.” Openlink has so far hired several students who excelled in the teaching program.

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