To improve the competitiveness of Arizona’s technical workforce by:
Supporting applied learning in our educational systems through scholarships and donated electronics & technology.
Providing refurbished equipment to education and community non-profit organizations.
Promoting diversity through technical education and work experience
Disposing electronic waste responsibly
Advocating responsible recycling.
Arizona students recycling used technology, otherwise known as Arizona strut or AZ strut, started in 1997 by Intel and Motorola. They wanted to get their used equipment out to Arizona schools and nonprofits they thought could benefit from them. They started partnering with schools and having some of their computer repair programs assist in the refurbishing efforts. In 1998 we officially became a 501c3 with the state of Arizona and we started providing A+ certification training to the teachers and these programs.
in 2000 we became official with the IRS and we also started our computer recycle day on Earth Day and have done one every year since. As of 2017, we have donated over 56,000 computers to schools and nonprofits. We’ve also supported stem programs with computer hardware and we continue to recycle all of the e-waste responsibly.
2018 AZ StRUT Board Members
(Back Row) Jeff Johnson, Jon Bruley, Spencer Brown, Martin “Todd” Dorris, Paul Barstad, Tom Mehlert, Bob Samson
(Front Row) Charlotte Rauchfuss, Scott Platsky, Peggy LaShier, Jackie Terry
Chief Operating Officer
Mesa Community College
Intel AZ EHS