The successful tenderers to the Department of Education, Employment and Training (DEET) in Victoria have reason to smile as the Victorian Government embarks on an ambitious program to place a PC on the desk of every student in the state.
Acer's 22,000 Veriton PCs form part of DEET's initiatives to ensure students across the state have access to information and communication technology (ICT), establish e-learning environments and improve student access to the Internet.
The injection of the latest PCs into the schools system brings the ratio to one PC for every five students. Given the number of school students in Victoria, the flow-on opportunity remains compelling.
Michael Cefai, Acer's national education and government sales manager, said schools have a tendency to standardise across a single vendor, so "if you pick up the education business, you tend to get the flow-on business as well", he said.
Acer has sent a fax out to 1700 schools across Victoria, inviting them to take advantage of a special education price for additional Veriton PCs through five select dealers: Histar Invotek Group, Fed IT, and Learning with Technologies in metropolitan areas; and Office People and A-Z Computers in rural regions.