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Widener Partners with IBM for Fourth Annual Community Tech Day

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Widener University’s Computer Science Department students will volunteer their time to offer technical assistance to Chester residents.

Widener University's Computer Science Department is partnering with IBM for the fourth annual Community Tech Day on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Chester residents, employees, nonprofits and small businesses can bring their computers for a check-up and free diagnosis.

As part of Community Tech Day, students in Widener University's Computer Science Department volunteer their time to offer technical assistance to those in need. In preparation for the event, students participate in training sessions sponsored by IBM, which teach them how to monitor for and clear viruses and malware, identify hardware glitches and tend to other technical issues across PCs, desktops and laptops.

"At Community Tech Day, our students will do all they can to help local residents who might otherwise not have access to tech support," said Dr. J. Adam Fischbach, chair of the Computer Science Department. "The students can diagnose most common problems that tend to slow down computers, can scan for viruses and malware, and can help with connecting a device to a computer."

Last year's event drew approximately 30 student volunteers working with approximately 20 people from the community. The service benefits both the community and the students who are getting hands-on experience, Fischbach said.

At Widener University, students are encouraged to apply what they learn in the classroom to service projects that benefit the community. Widener was recently selected as the university in Pennsylvania with the most altruistic, civically minded students. In the same ranking from, the university ranked 16th in the nation.

"Our students love working at Community Tech Day," Fischbach said. "They enjoy helping Chester residents to solve computer problems."

To sign up for Community Tech Day, register at or call 610-499-4035. The event will take place at Widener's University Center on East 14th Street between Walnut Street and Melrose Avenue. Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration is encouraged.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises seven schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Visit the university website,