Intel Corp. has chosen a California high school to become the second in the nation to participate in its Model School Program. Over the next six months, the company and its partners will contribute $3.9 million in products and services to the school and showcase it around the world as a model for the future.

With the agreement, Whitney High School in Cerritos, Calif., will receive a variety of services from Intel and participating partners, including 100 wireless desktop and 100 wireless laptop computers. Each machine will run with Intel’s latest Pentium 4 technology.

When the project is completed, students will have the ability to log on to the school’s network from home and take advantage of ubiquitous computing through the addition of several wireless components. The company also is considering offering video conferencing services.

In addition to supplying new hardware, Intel also will upgrade existing machines for high-speed internet access, and a range of software products will be offered to aid in learning and professional development. Companies that have agreed to furnish software titles include NCS Pearson, Riverdeep, bigchalk, and Blackboard.

Intel chose Whitney as the second school in a two-part testing module to demonstrate the best possible wireless and integrated technology solutions for schools.

The first school, Miami Carol City Senior High School in Miami, will function as a totally wireless institution. Conversely, Whitney will serve as model for the use of integrated technology that includes both wireless and hard-wired services.

The goal of the project is to provide two separate road maps for schools to follow to achieve the best educational value from their technology options, Intel said.

Whitney and Miami Carol are the only two schools that Intel has agreed to “world showcase,” but all schools are welcome to apply for technology from the company’s Model School Program.

According to Terry Smithson, K-12 education manager for Intel, if the company likes what it hears from their proposals, it will furnish other schools with certain technology needs. For more information, see Intel’s web site.