Collinstown Receives Community Empowerment Fund Award from Microsoft

May 8, 2018  

We recently received a €12,500  award from the Microsoft Community Empowerment Fund to support a Student Award Programme. The Award Programme will be used to focus students on five important attributes promoted by Collinstown Park Community College among its students, attributes also sought by Microsoft when recruiting and hiring datacenter employees. Students will monitor their own excellence in attendance, punctuality, uniform, homework and behaviour utilising a self-monitor card. The goal of the programme is to improve these five key attributes and develop skills that will benefit students for the rest of their lives and will transfer into the workplace.

“Collinstown Park Community College is delighted to receive this award from Microsoft”, said Pauline Duffy, College Principal. She added: “We look forward to celebrating the success achieved by our students as part of this Student Award Programme. We wish to acknowledge the generosity and support of Microsoft.”

John Hardy, Datacentre Operations Manager, Microsoft Corp said: “Microsoft is pleased to partner with Collinstown Park Community College and support this Student Award Programme. Helping students develop skills and behaviours that will help them be better students and prepare to be great employees will pay dividends for the students, the school, and the entire community. The Microsoft Community Empowerment Fund awards are an important way for the company and our employees to contribute to stronger, more resilient communities.”

The Community Empowerment Fund, created and managed by Microsoft’s Datacenter Community Development team, is designed to support community-led and prioritised projects, increase collaboration among contributors and award recipients, and develop ecosystems that help deliver common community priorities. Through this approach, Microsoft hopes to achieve long-term, systemic, and holistic outcomes in the communities in which it operates.