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Dell today announced 12 school districts have been selected to participate in Dell TechKnow, a national program that uses technology training and the promise of a student-built computer to keep "at risk" middle school students
in school and focused on their grades.

A committee of educators, Dell executives and community leaders selected the 12 districts, which includes founding school district Denver Public Schools. Districts selected met key program criteria including an urban population of students who are at risk of missing classes and not graduating and the willingness to establish district and local community partnerships to support the training program. District cities to launch Dell TechKnow this fall include Austin, Texas; Alameda, Calif.; Chicago; Detroit, Mich; Kansas City, MO; Nashville, Tenn.; Philadelphia; and Prince George's County, Md.

Programs launching during the spring semester include Trenton, N.J; Laredo, Texas, and Norfolk, Va. Dell made the announcement today at the National Urban League conference.

"More than 1,000 middle school students have graduated from the Denver program since 1999, and 70 percent of those at risk students maintained at least a `C' average one-year after completing Dell TechKnow," said Thurmond Woodard, vice president, Dell Global Diversity. "Denver students not only learned about technology and earned a home computer, but became more interested in their own education. We are seeing real impact in Denver and
can't wait to see the results from other programs."

Also announced at the conference was the launch of the Dell Scholars program, a partnership with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) that offers
hands-on training through internship and employment opportunities and financial assistance through academic scholarships and stipends for African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic and Native American juniors and seniors attending UNCF, historically Black and Hispanic colleges and universities and majority institutions. The program is designed to introduce students to careers in technology and prepare them to potentially become a
part of the Dell team upon graduation. This program further enhances Dell's partnership with UNCF, which includes support of UNCF's Technology
Enhancement Capital Campaign.

In addition, Paul McKinnon, senior vice president, Dell Human Resources, was named this week to the National Urban League (NUL) board of directors. As a board member from the technology industry, McKinnon will advise NUL on
technology training and access strategies and initiatives to help ensure children and adults gain the skills they need to take advantage of the diverse opportunities available to them.

"At Dell, we have to train and retrain our employees as quickly as we retool our products, and cost-efficient and convenient computer-based
training via the Internet helps us do this," McKinnon said. "With more than 50 percent of our employee training and development online, we look forward to sharing our experience with the League and its affiliates, learning from
their successful programs, and exploring ways to integrate our efforts to effectively prepare our communities for success in today's digital economy."

About Dell TechKnow

Dell TechKnow teaches middle school students about computers by allowing them to take apart and reassemble computers, load software, set up and run printers, upgrade hardware, diagnose and correct basic hardware problems and use the Internet. Upon completion of the 40-hour curriculum, students take home the computer they build. To support the program, Dell is donating up to 4,000 computer systems to qualified school districts nationwide. The company is initiating the program in 12 school districts during the 2002-2003 school year, providing enough computers for at least 15 classes per district during that same time period. Additionally, Dell developed and is donating the program curriculum and blueprint and has dedicated a program manager to help school districts with implementation.

Dell TechKnow is based on Denver's successful program (originally known as Learn and Earn) to keep youth in school and focused on their grades.
Based on the success of and its experience with the Denver program, Dell is partnering with school districts to make Dell TechKnow (launched in July 2001 as Dell Learn and Earn at the National Urban League conference) available to middle school students across the country. Information on Dell TechKnow can be found at www.dell.com/k12/techknow.
About Dell/UNCF Partnership

TECC: In September 2001, Dell announced its $2.3 million contribution to UNCF's Technology Enhancement Capital Campaign (TECC) to give students and faculty access to the latest technology at affordable prices and to improve
UNCF's administrative and instructional systems. The award included a $1.3 million financial and computer systems contribution, and a notebook computer discount purchase program-Academic Techvantage(TM)-valued at an additional
$1 million to give UNCF students access to affordable notebook computers.
Today, Dell Scholars can also purchase systems through Academic Techvantage(TM) and own affordable, high-performance Dell notebooks.

Scholars Program: Rising minority juniors and seniors enrolled in UNCF schools, HBCUs and majority institutions, earning at least a 3.0 GPA, can participate in the program. Each student receives up to $10,000 in scholarship money, a paid summer internship, housing and travel. Over the next four years, Dell will host at least 45 students, preparing each for
potential careers at Dell. Students are selected for the program on a competitive basis - more than 300 applied for this summer's program.

About National Urban League

The Urban League is the nation's oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream. Hugh Price is president of the National Urban League,
which is headquartered in New York City and is the spearhead of the nonprofit, nonpartisan movement. Urban League affiliates operate in more
than 100 cities in 34 states and the District of Columbia.

About Dell

Dell Computer Corporation (Nasdaq:DELL) is a premier provider of products and services required for customers worldwide to build their
information-technology and Internet infrastructures. The company's revenue
for the past four quarters totaled $31.2 billion. Dell, through its direct business model, designs, manufactures and customizes products and services to customer requirements, and offers an extensive selection of software and
peripherals. Information on Dell and its products can be obtained at www.dell.com.
For more information email: dean_kline@dell.com



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