The Regional Information Centers (RICs) are organized under the Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). Currently, there are 12 Regional Information Centers in New York state. Typically, a RIC serves several BOCES within their region.
RICs offer classroom tools to enhance and expand student achievement.
By regionalizing services, the RICs:
- make a wider range of technology skill sets available to school districts
- increase the buying power of districts
- promote consistent technical standards
- create a cost-effective system that lightens the burden placed on local taxpayers
- level the playing field so that no matter the size of a district, the best resources remain within reach for New York students
RICs offer different services from one another and may support different products or vendors for these services. Collaboration on service and software contracts occurs regularly in the following areas:
- administrative systems
- data analysis, integration, verification and security
- integration of technology in schools and classrooms
- technical support
RIC directors meet monthly to coordinate statewide initiatives and leverage capabilities. RICs sometimes cross contract with one another.