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    Alon to Establish Technology Center for Schools

    Company donates 75 computers in honor of 75th anniversary.

    BIG SPRING, Texas -- Alon USA's Big Spring Refinery manager Joe Concienne unveiled plans for a corporate contribution that would put 75 computers in area classrooms and establish a technology center for the Big Spring Independent School District (BSISD), in honor of the plant's 75th anniversary.

    Concienne made the announcement during the BSISD board meeting and explained that the contribution is part of Alon's ongoing initiative to support education in the Howard County community. The in-kind donation is estimated at approximately $70,000.

    The contribution will establish the Alon Technology Training Center to prepare and encourage BSISD teachers to provide learning opportunities that produce technology-capable students.

    Alon operates 174 Southwest convenience stores throughout New Mexico and Texas.

    "Technology is ineffective unless people know what to do with it," said Michael Downs, BSISD superintendent and the faculty. "Staff development is vital and training and support must be available to better serve our students. Thanks to Alon USA, we hope to have the most technology-literate staff in West Texas."

    "Alon's recent contribution is in line with our previous commitment and ongoing support of local education," said Concienne. "This donation represents not only an investment in our schools, but an investment in our youth."

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