|Mar 01, 2011 --
USDA Rural Development
Distance Learning & Telemedicine Program
Wilson Education Center
There are 16 rural elementary and middle schools in nine Indiana counties (Dearborn, Scott, Franklin, Washington, Jefferson, Floyd, Harrison, Jackson, Ripley, Ohio, Jennings, and Switzerland) that don’t have access to required course offerings.
How Rural Development Helped:
Wilson Education Center received a 2009 grant for $299,458 to fund video conferencing equipment linking sixteen elementary and middle schools in 9 counties to expand course offerings - required but not otherwise available - including teacher and technician training, and workforce development. The education center received its first DLT grant from USDA in 2005.
Rural elementary and middle school students from 16 schools in nine counties will be able to attend courses that are required by the school district. The teachers will also be able to take continuing education courses and technical training near their home schools and will no longer have to travel great distances to stay current. Wilson Education Center expects installation of equipment to be completed in early Spring 2011 and will begin offering classes shortly after that. Dr. Partenheimer, Executive Director, said, “the DLT program provides video conferencing equipment to rural school districts that don’t have the tax revenue to purchase this equipment.”
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