Triangle neighbors SAS and Lenovo are joining forces for a program targeting the education market with a joint product offering SAS software and Lenovo laptops.

The partnership combines SAS Curriculum Pathway program with Lenovo’s ThinkPad notebook PCs.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. SAS is based in Cary, and Lenovo’s global headquarters are located in Morrisville.

The companies are already working with some schools to offer what they called a “1:1 digital learning environments.”

“SAS’ and Lenovo share a desire to improve education in this country,” said Kathy Lee, the general manager of the SAS Education Practice. “K-12 students are immersed in technology and the Internet, yet most teaching environments haven’t changed for generations. This partnership will help match learning environments to the strengths and interests of today’s children.”

The SAS software comes loaded on the Lenovo laptops and is accessed through clicking on an icon.

“Technology is vital in enhancing education and empowering teachers with tools to help students develop critical thinking skills, especially in grades 5-12," said Tom Looney, vice president and general manager of Lenovo North America. "As a new world company, Lenovo believes in providing a comprehensive, integrated solution to help students develop these essential skills.”