CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Darrell S. Freeman, Sr., Chattanooga native and founder of information technology services firm Zycron, Inc., has donated 100 Google Chromebooks Computers to Brainerd High School. The computers, two per classroom, are being installed this week.
Freeman hosted a luncheon presentation today, Wednesday, September 23, in partnership with CHATECH (Chattanooga Technology Council) to commemorate the donation at Brainerd High School for key Chattanooga technology, academic and community leaders.
Freeman shared his personal story of how access to education changed his life, and discussed new ways for corporations to increase and improve the local technology workforce by contributing to public education initiatives. He hopes to form a coalition of business leaders to explore commerce-driven involvement and investment in public schools in Tennessee. Freeman serves as a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents.
“Access to technology and education resources is essential as we prepare the next generation for the workforce,” Freeman said. “As a native of Chattanooga, it’s a joy to be in a position to contribute to the effort of developing the technology talent pipeline, and I’m committed to finding new ways for businesses to participate in the process.”
Some of the attendees at today’s luncheon included;
• Bill Kilbride, President and CEO, Chattanooga Chamber
• Ronna-Renee Jackson, Executive Director, CHATECH
• Nick Coussoule, Sr. Vice President and CIO, Blue Cross Blue Shield TN
• Nancy Patterson, Vice President, College Advancement and Public Relations, Chattanooga State University
• David Johnson, CIO, Electric Power Board
• Warren Logan, President and CEO, Urban League of Greater Chattanooga
• Representatives from Tennessee Valley Authority and UNUM
Freeman asked the business leaders in attendance to join him in investing time and financial resources to this mission to ensure that all Chattanooga schools have the tools needed for future success in technology fields.
WRCB-TV, the local NBC affiliate also covered the event and wrote this article.