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Release No. STELPRD4009599
ContactVicki Schurman402-437-5563
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(APRIL 14, 2011) EDUCATIONAL SERVICE UNIT 10 BEGINS DISTANCE LEARNING GRANT PROJECT

Kearney, Nebraska, Apr 14, 2011 -- USDA Rural Development Nebraska State Director Maxine Moul and staff met with Educational Service Unit (ESU) 10 in Kearney today, as the terms of their distance learning grant of $494,011 were finalized.

“As a result of the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant, the interactive video conferencing technology will allow our K-12 students to reach out beyond their classroom walls to access curriculum offerings they are not offered plus connect with other students and educational professionals at the regional, state, national and even international levels,” said John Stritt, distance education director, Educational Service Unit 10.

“Quality education and top technology in bringing education to students is important to USDA Rural Development. We are pleased that the ESU 10 received the distance learning grant that will help to bring enhanced learning environments to the students and faculty,” said Moul.

Network Nebraska, the statewide Internet Protocol (IP) based backbone, allows ESU 10 to take advantage of using upgraded bridges and high definition video conferencing technology in support of the 40 public schools they serve. These upgrades will allow two way video conferencing between the schools as well as the University of Nebraska-Kearney and Central Community College. ESU 10 schools will have greater curriculums and more flexibility in staffing as well as the ability to do virtual field trips with students. The addition of more video conferencing units at each school will enhance the opportunities for students Kindergarten through 12th grade. Through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program, ESU 10 will save money in the future and provide access to more courses that will benefit the youth.

For more information on the Distance Learning Telemedicine Loan and Grant program in Nebraska, contact Andre Boening at (402) 689-8564 or andre.boening@wdc.usda.gov.

Last Modified:03/09/2012 
 
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