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NEO Lease Computers to Replace Labs Across Campus

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 Northeast Oklahoma  A & M College is tackling technology with a new approach- leasing.

Forest Cully, a sophomore  and his classmates  got their first chance to try out new computers after the holiday break.  NEO replaced more than two hundred thirty desktops campus wide for students who say an upgrade was badly needed.

Forest says problems were, “Just reliability, that's the main thing. Connectivity and performance."

Hanna Minson says, "Speed, pop-ups maybe. It's hard to get your work done in a timely manner when the computer isn't functioning at its maximum capabilities."

Forest adds, "Losing work. Sometimes the internet may go down or equipment break and  some students don't know what to do and just freak out worrying about getting homework turned in."

 NEO spent  two hundred eighty-five  thousand dollars on the lease agreement which means new computers  after  four  years.  Officials say it's easier to budget than buying new labs and easier to keep up with changing technology with leasing.

Bethene Fahnestock, the vice president of academic affairs at NEO says, “Technology is always changing. We're moving from different windows operation systems,  the type of computers we need, the functions of computers in classrooms.  It's important for us to keep up with the technology."

NEO  used to replace computers labs one at a time. That resulted in different types and ages of computers across campus which made servicing them difficult for techs.

The DELL four  year lease includes extended warranties and insurance at the same cost each year.

And lets NEO reliably provide what students want and need.

Fahnestock says,  "When they live away from campus, we have students who still have dial up at home.  So if they're working on an assignment or something,  they want to come into campus where the connection is more dependable and they can get their work done."

Hanna says,   "I like the huge screens especially. It's easier to navigate. It's open.”

Vice president Fahnestock says the lease agreement also allows NEO to get higher performing and better quality computers than it could afford if it were  buying them outright.

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