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Where Do Western Colorado Rural Schools Find Big City IT Computer Help On A Fixed Budget?

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Published On: May 21, 2018 by Blake Schwank

Today another phone inquiry from a Western Colorado rural school came in. Usually, it’s a referral like this one, “I was recommended by a teacher friend that your IT company helps rural schools across the state with their IT support.”

The conversation typically continues with, “I just started looking into IT services for our small rural school. I am curious if you provide services outside of the Colorado Springs area, like over in Western Colorado, and do you offer a fixed monthly or annual price for IT support? Our situation would be full IT support with key contact people within the organization for basic support. Is this anything that fits your business?”

Calls from Western Colorado rural schools like this, come in all the time and here’s why.

When you search online, looking for affordable Educational IT assistance in Colorado for rural schools, Colorado Computer Support, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, comes up. When you click on their map location, you will also see the picturesque, takes your breath away, Colorado Rocky Mountain range, directly to the west of this IT Support and Services company.

After looking at the map and if one did not know the terrain, you might conclude; the only thing beyond the western side of that majestic, continental divide mountain range, is the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and San Juan National Forests, the State of Utah and hundreds of miles of desolate and uninhabitable wilderness. Technically, you would be correct, except for this:

Colorado Computer Support has personal knowledge of those rural areas

Through their travels, CCS has seen, scattered on the west side of the mountain range, from the north end of the state down to the south; there are several dozen rural schools. All nestled between Utah, the National Forests, and the Rocky Mountains. Cities and towns not very big, but home and land to schools, businesses, and individuals that choose a slower pace for themselves.

Like schools near Durango down near the Southern UTE Reservation with a modest city population of about 18,503 just north of the New Mexico border. Then as you travel north, up past Grand Junction schools with a moderate city population of 62,881, you’d come to Craig, Colorado with a tiny community population of about 8,952 and only 40 miles south of the Colorado/Wyoming state line.

When Rural Schools In These Western Colorado Communities Need Affordable Educational IT Support and Service, There Is Only One Name They’ve Come To Trust – Colorado Computer Support.

The IT professionals at Colorado Computer Support have traveled the highways through these little cities and towns, getting to know the men and women. Listening to the financial challenges each school faces. Reaching out to the rural schools across the entire state of Colorado, CCS has built solid partnerships and given practical fixed budget solutions, school administrators and school boards can work with and stay on budget.

They’ve also learned, if you live and work in one of these small rural communities, you will always wear multiple hats. You may see the Principle of the high school, giving a helping hand down at the Salvation Army soup line. The school’s Guidance Counselor is driving the school bus route or snow plow in the winter. Or the Science Teacher Fred Wilson stepping in as a Crossing Guard, for the youngsters at the elementary school because Rita Gonzales called out sick.

If widow and Music Teacher Mrs. Hampton is too old to mow her yard, you would not call code enforcement, you step up and help her out of a jamb. If a tree limb broke off and punched a hole in your roof, your neighbor, Varsity Football Head Coach Haney, would lend you his ladder and any tools you might need to fix it. And then call his brother Bob, at the hardware store, to give you any roofing supplies you need, and put on his tab.

It’s what a good neighbor does. You take care of each other.

Due to higher educational demands placed on school boards and administrative staff nationwide, and living with the School commissioners tight funding restrictions, those men and women are forced to make do with what they have.

CCS knows you might say, “Yeah, but every school, rural or not, needs a professional Educational IT Department to stay compliant with Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and they need to come up with the money from somewhere.”

You are correct, but unless you live in a rural western Colorado community, many schools do not have the funds. They must rely on friends and parents or volunteers at times, to help manage the school’s IT. And yes, it can lead to network security issues, and IT challenges too numerous to count.

But when it comes to fixed budgets for rural schools, Colorado Computer Support understands your school’s challenges. Just like a good neighbor, they are aware; there will always be a higher demand for school supplies, IT services, and updating. But on the flip side, fewer budgeting dollars to cover anything above operational costs.

But CCS client, Susan Voss of CIVA Charter High School takes it a step further and wants you to know:

“The team at Colorado Computer Support offers first-class computer support for a fraction of the cost of a full time IT person. We know we can rely on Colorado Computer Support to take care of all our computer needs, while we can concentrate on our core business.”

To make sure your school’s IT systems are set up correctly and well maintained, you want a team who has a proven track record working with all rural schools in Western Colorado and across the state. Colorado Computer Support understands the importance education is in our country. That is why they focus on providing the best computer and IT support to all private and public schools in Colorado.

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