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UHMC Gets Boost With $30,000 High-Tech Donation

New equipment will help facilitate distance learning for Maui County students

July 19, 2012
The Maui Weekly

The University of Hawai'i Maui College (UHMC) recently received a donation of $30,000 worth of technology equipment from AJA Video Systems. The equipment will help facilitate new distance-learning options for students across Maui County, from Molokai and Lana'i to Hana.

Currently the college services its students with special cable programming, Internet programming and a closed-circuit network--producing on average at least 30 hours of cable content, 20 hours of distance-learning courses and 10 hours of primetime programming on the weekends.

The donation from AJA Video, a Grass Valley-California based video technology company, will upgrade the college's infrastructure from analog to digital while still retaining use of some of its existing gear, and deliver programming in high definition (HD).

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New equipment donated by AJA Video Systems is now being used in UHMC’s television studio to provide high-quality distance-learning options to students in remote areas of Maui County.

AJA Video Systems Founder John Abt and his wife, Darlene, live on Maui, and once John learned that the college had approached his company about its video needs, he decided to donate the equipment.

"I was very impressed with the great lengths that University of Hawai'i Maui College goes to in order to provide high-quality distance-learning options to students in remote locations who may not otherwise have access to a university education," said Abt. "We're very excited that with this donation of equipment, the college will be able to upgrade its video-based education infrastructure to HD and bring cutting-edge video technologies into their television production curriculum."

"Distance learning technology is integral to our ability to offer all Maui County residents the chance to achieve their higher education goals," said UHMC Chancellor Clyde Sakamoto. "The college pioneered cable television-delivered instruction for Lana'i and Molokai from our main campus in 1983, and introduced Skybridge, an interactive television system for distance-learning on Lana'i in 1988. This generous gift will strengthen our technology infrastructure and demonstrate how businesses can partner with academic institutions to create a better future for our students and community."

UHMC Chief Engineer Reuben Dela Cruz, who initially compiled the technology "wish list," has already installed some of the donated equipment. Additional equipment donated by AJA will also allow Media Coordinator Mike Albert to take his television production class, a hands-on practical course, from tape to digital using AJA's Ki Pro Mini tapeless recorders.



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