Press Release - Office of College Advancement

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Office of College Advancement
Ohlone College

For Immediate Release:

High School Student Recycle Used Technology and Show Off Their IT Support Skills at Ohlone College

Fremont, CA—Over one hundred students from thirteen different high schools will come together at Ohlone College on March 26 for the 11th Annual Silicon Valley StRUT Competition. StRUT, Students Recycling Used Technology, is a non-profit program that refurbishes and upgrades used computers for use in schools. Founded by Intel Incorporation, StRUT¹s main goal is to teach students valuable technical skills while refurbishing computers that are placed into other secondary schools. This productive method of recycling also prevents hazardous waste generated by computers from going into the landfills. Sponsored by Ohlone's Regional Cisco Network Academy Program, the annual competition allows students from StRUT member schools to display their knowledge and skills in the IT field.

The competition itself consists of four main components: Computer Build, which tests problem solving, mechanics and teamwork; Presentation, where each team presents their work to the judges after they are built; Troubleshooting, where students must trouble shoot a Small Office Home Office (SOHO) scenario, and a Written Exam of 50 multiple choice questions based on A+ certification content. There is a school vs. school "Quiz Bowl" to conclude the competition. The event has over forty volunteer judges, most of whom are professionals in the field, and others who are Ohlone students in the IT training program - CNET.

During the event, Ohlone will be recognized with an Innovators Award from for Ohlone¹s work in support of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Pathways.

The StRUT competition and event coordinator, Richard Grotegut, is a computer science faculty member at Ohlone College and heads the Regional Cisco Network Academy at Ohlone. For more information contact Richard at 510-979-7479 or email


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