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Apple joins lineup at Eagle Tech store

By Isaiah Bradford and Brian Fisher
On April 26, 2012

The Eagle Tech store that will take the place of the former C-Store in Benton Hall at Kirkwood Community College boasts a lineup of products that now includes Apple. 

The Eagle Tech store will offer a variety of resources involving technology and technological support. The store will house an array of products including desktops, laptops, software, cables, headphones, iPads and iPod touch in addition to other electronics, according to Julie Copeland, bookstore manager and liaison for Eagle Tech.  

She said the store will be one of only three authorized campus Apple dealers in Iowa, the other two being at Iowa State University and the University of Iowa.

Other vendors supplying the store include Dell, HP, SkullCandy and Beats.

Copeland said the goal of the tech store is to help the Kirkwood community make educated decisions when purchasing technology that pertains to an individual's specific area of study.

 "I think another thing that will help out is our Soar-to-Success pamphlets that actually talk through different areas of study. If, for example, you're going into pre-engineering, here's what your instructors tell us that you may want to have to be the most successful during your career at Kirkwood," Copeland said.

She said the Eagle Tech store also will house a trained technical support team available to help students and staff with questions or problems they may be experiencing with devices, as well as repairs.

 Another advantage to having an on campus technology store, she said, is the academic pricing that will be applied to products that many students previously may not have been able to afford.

A Kirkwood instructor who uses Apple products in the classroom cited the advantages of the new store.

"My co-instructor and I are pretty savvy with the Apple products," said David Brandstetter, coordinator of Graphic Communications. "But when it comes to firmware or hardware issues that are above our ability it will be nice to send our students someplace where they can run tests and do things we can't do."

Brandstetter said his students work extensively with Apple products to complete projects in the Graphic Communication courses. "The store will give students the opportunity to do a little shopping on campus and most likely take advantage of the student discounts right away, which normally you can only do through Apple's online service," Brandstetter added.

Construction of the Eagle Tech store will begin in May. The grand opening is expected in late November or early December, according to Copeland.

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