Mobile Computer Lab Brings Technology and Learning to Rural Areas

Technology is at the forefront of education and is still on the move at VSU. Since 2003, the College of Agriculture’s Mobile Computer Lab has been traveling statewide to remote, rural locations where Internet access is either limited or non-existent. Equipped with 12 laptop computers, a 42-inch plasma television and satellite capability, the lab takes university resources on the road directly to people where they live and work.

The mobile lab is used to teach computer classes to adults and provides experiential learning opportunities for youth. Classes conducted within the lab have successfully taught business owners how to develop a business plan and farmers how to register to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly the Food Stamp Program) from customers. The lab is also used at high schools throughout the state to teach students the importance of agriculture and help them prepare and register for college at Virginia State University.

For more information on how to reserve the Mobile Computer Lab, contact Troy Tucker at ttucker@vsu.edu.