Minneapolis IT Club: Moving on up to make a difference

Photo from left to right: IT Program Chair John Schaffhausen, Kristian Schmidt, Lee Jangula (front), Justin Matushak, Delano Lee

Moving up to make a difference: Students in the IT Club at the Globe University Minneapolis campus are taking their talents and skills from the concourse level of the IDS Center all the way up to the nineteenth floor. Their goal: make a difference in the lives of others by using skills they’ve learned in class.

Over the next ten weeks, IT Club students will be spending their free time repairing and rebuilding 50 donated computers. The refurbished computers will then be sent overseas to the island of São Tomé and Principe, located off the western coast of central Africa. This initiative, in partnership with Walden University, will benefit two schools with children enrolled in grades five through nine.

John Schaffhausen, IT Program Chair at Globe University-Minneapolis, is the leader of this initiative at the Minneapolis campus. As an educator and IT professional, he realizes the importance of computers in the classroom to enhance interactivity and enrich the collaborative learning experience. “I believe the next generation IT innovator is in the world somewhere, but if he/she is not introduced to the world of computers at an early age, he/she may realize their passion too late in life. Depriving the next generation innovator the tools needed to realize their dream, is our fault.” 

The students are donating their time to repair the computers; however, shipping expenses are very costly. If you would like to sponsor this initiative, please contact John Schaffhausen directly at (612) 455-3018 or jschaffhausen@globeuniversity.edu.