College-bound graduates receive laptops courtesy of Watervliet Housing Authority

Wired for success

Six Watervliet High School graduates who are attending college next year will be equipped with the technology necessary to succeed thanks to the Watervliet/Cohoes Housing Authority and the generosity of dozens of area businesses and community members.

Watervliet graduates Devon Adams, Isaiah Dantzler, Alexis Devine, Haadia Faheem, Isabella Gutierrez-Noland and Rachel LaBelle received the laptops as a result of working hard toward their goals to successfully complete high school and pursue higher education at a two- or four-year college.

For the past several years, the Housing Authority has sought funding from community sponsors for the “Laptops for Seniors” program, which provides laptop computers for college-bound high school seniors who may not otherwise have the resources to purchase their own.

This year, Housing Authority Executive Director Matthew Ethier and event coordinator Kelly Veshia presented computers to eight high school seniors from Watervliet and Green Island during a presentation ceremony at Watervliet’s Joslin Apartments on Monday, June 25.

The only requirement expected by the Housing Authority is that laptop recipients complete at least one full year of college to keep the computer.