News Release
Release No.STELPRD4009298
OSAKIS, Jan 24, 2011 --

@@USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer visited Osakis High School to award the Central Minnesota Educational Telecommunications System a $330,008 grant to expand educational opportunities in nine rural public school districts through distance learning classrooms. The grant was awarded through Rural Development’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program.

“Rural schools should have equal access to the latest technology and equipment to enhance educational opportunities,” Landkamer said. “The funds awarded today will help rural school districts build curriculums that prepare students to enter a global marketplace.”

Interactive video technology will improve academic programs in each district by providing access to higher academic coursework and more cooperative learning opportunities. The project also will bring new educational tools to help schools meet yearly academic goals and progress achievements.

Nationally, 106 organizations were awarded over $34 million for DLT projects. The DLT Program provides access to education, training and health care resources in rural areas. Funding is contingent upon the recipient meeting the conditions of the grant agreement.

Rural Development also finances housing, infrastructure, facilities and businesses in rural communities. To learn more about Rural Development programs, visit, or call the local office in Alexandria at (320) 763-3191, ext. 4.


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