Albuquerque, Mar 04, 2011 -- Earlier today, USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner presented a certificate of obligation to the Gallup-McKinley School District to pay for an upgraded Distance Learning Telemedicine (DLT) Program.
Through the DLT, outdated technology will be upgraded to expand the educational opportunities for the 13-thousand plus students attending the 19 elementary, 7 mid and 9 high schools that make up the Gallup-McKinley School District.
During today’s ceremony, Brunner presented a certificate of funding obligation to the Gallup-McKinley School District in the amount of $499,486. The DLT grant is administered by USDA Rural Development’s Rural Utilities Service and is designed to pay for the installation of modern technology in rural communities so that students can benefit from an enhanced education.
During the event, Brunner said, “New Mexico students need the latest in educational technology to compete for the jobs of the future. . This funding will upgrade their current system and will enhance the available educational opportunities and make a major difference in the lives of every student attending the Gallup-McKinley School District.”
The award presented today was one of 106 projects in 38 states and one territory receiving more than $34.7 million in grants to fund educational projects and expand access to health care services in rural areas through the DLT program. In New Mexico, the Jemez Valley School District was also selected in this round of funding for a DLT award.
The Gallup-McKinley School District will use the funds to upgrade and install the new equipment in classrooms which will allow students to attend other classes in a real time situation. The video conferencing equipment will also be made available to the teachers to obtain required certifications without having to travel to go back to school. The funding is contingent upon the recipient meeting the conditions of the grant agreement and the system is expected to be on-line in phases beginning this summer.
For more information on the Distance Learning Telemedicine Program or any other program offered by USDA Rural Development visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov