One Prospect makes big donation
One Prospect Technologies has announced a $100,000 donation to the Hodag Facilities Foundation capital campaign to improve facilities at Rhinelander High School.
The significant contribution will support students in developing a strong foundation in technology, most notably through the One Prospect Technologies Digital Media Center. The high-tech digital media center will feature a more effective learning environment where students will access the latest computer technology and digital applications, including an audio/video lab.
“Things have changed dramatically in the last 40 years-whether it’s automation in the factory, or automation in the kitchen, or automation at the paper mill, you need to be able to operate in these environments,” said Rhinelander High School graduate Brad Kowieski, who is the vice president of sales and business development at One Prospect. “By implementing strong technology at the school, it gives kids a good foundation to build upon.”
The $100,000 donation will be given part in cash and part in-kind, and is a good fit for the technology firm that has been serving school districts for almost 11 years. The company recently launched Cloud Spirit, a virtual desktop infrastructure product that dramatically reduces costs for school districts and allows students to access their data and run necessary programs from anywhere.
“Cloud Spirit allows 8-12-year-old computers to act as if they are brand new,” said Jason Neilitz, founder and CEO of One Prospect Technologies. “What school districts run into is there are so many different versions of software applications and this keeps it all standard.” Cloud Spirit provides centralized management and centralized storage, allowing access anytime and anywhere. It also helps schools with their budgeting cycles. Schools can extend the life of the computers up to 12 years, providing much needed cost savings.
“The foundation of what school districts are setup to do is to provide a top-of-the-line education to the students,” continued Neilitz. “The kids are the ones that get affected in a lot of the budget cuts. I think what the HFF has done is setting the standard for other school districts and communities. If you focus your energy on the kids and give them as much as you possibly can, that’s a good thing.”
One Prospect Technologies is owned by the Forest County Potawatomi. “The Potawatomi believe in ‘community first’,” explained Neilitz. “They are very excited about the difference we are making, as well.”