May 06, 2008

Seagate Helps Sun Engineer Close Digital Divide in Colorado

As a single mother of two, Carla Morales-Bastion knows the challenge many families face in buying a computer for their children. Now that her daughters are grown, Morales-Bastion is working with companies like Sun Microsystems and Seagate Technology to close the digital divide for community groups and families in need — one computer at a time.

For the past 15 years, Morales-Bastian, a product safety engineer at Sun, has been rebuilding used computers in her home, providing about 100 systems a year to homes, schools and charitable organizations in Northern Colorado. Morales-Bastian has also taught a computer-technician class at a women’s resource center in Denver and at a Longmont-based migrant family housing project.

Not unlike the women she’s taught, Morales-Bastian first learned to rebuild computers without any formal education in the subject. “I couldn’t afford to buy my kids a computer for their school work,” she said, “but I knew their education was important. So I taught myself to build a computer for them.”

Now a busy professional in a technical field, Morales-Bastian is still rebuilding computers in her home. The computers were donated by local companies, and Morales-Bastian must replace their hard drives as part of the rebuilding process. She said the donation of 100 Seagate® Momentus® hard drives from the test floor of the company’s Longmont design center will allow her to rebuild more computers.

“I have to spend my own money to buy parts and software that aren’t donated, so with this donation, my money will go farther” she said.

Morales-Bastion said the need for rebuilt computers is “never ending.” She provides computers for non-profit organizations from Pueblo to Greeley, and everywhere in between. “If I wasn’t doing this, so many companies would just throw their old computers away because they wouldn’t know what to do with them. And there are so many people who need them,” she said.

“What Carla is doing in the community is incredibly important to the future of so many young people in our community,” said Andy Davis, Seagate vice president of Design Engineering. “Without a computer, the world it can open up and the skills it cultivates, these kids would have a huge handicap in education, job mobility and opportunities in life. I’m pleased that Seagate can help the efforts of people like Carla to give all young people access to technology and an opportunity to improve their quality of life.”

For Morales-Bastian, Seagate’s donation means a better education for more kids in the community, she said. “That’s the part that makes it all worth it.”

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