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Released: 08/06/1997

<p> Thanks to a generous grant provided by the Rapides Foundation, the LSUA computer labs will be upgraded with new hardware and software over the next two years. </p><p> With this $992,400 comprehensive instructional computing grant, LSUA will upgrade the existing labs and will create additional labs at the LSUA Downtown Center in the Hibernia Bank Building and at the University Center at the England Industrial Airpark and Community. </p><p> "This grant will enable us to install new equipment in all of our computer labs on campus," Dr. Stovall said. "Because so many jobs require basic computer skills, these updated labs will enable us to better prepare our students to move into the workforce." </p><p> The Louisiana Legislature approved a bill allowing all colleges and universities to charge a technology fee to students. This modest fee will help colleges maintain current technology in the instructional computing labs. </p><p> "Keeping up with technological advances has been a real challenge for college campuses," said Dr. Robert Cavanaugh, LSUA chancellor. "Funding to keep our technological capabilities current is the single greatest need for the University. Thanks to a grant from the Rapides Foundation and the Legislature&acute;s approval of the technology fee, we will be able to upgrade and maintain the computing capabilities of our campus." </p><p>