Casper, WY, Feb 01, 2011 -- Carbon, Fremont, and Sheridan Counties, WY – USDA Rural Development funds will be used to span a distance learning project across the Northwest from the Wind River Reservation and other Indian communities in Wyoming to the Quinault Reservation and nearby communities on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. Rural Development will fund this consortium of 6 schools for video teleconferencing equipment and web based tools to help bring educational opportunities to a new level for all residents in these respective communities. With these new linkages, programs such as NASA Explorer Schools and other innovative outside programming can be shared and new collaborative synergies can be established which may be geared to Native American interests and culture.
The funds were awarded through USDA Rural Development’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant program. Under this program, grants are awarded to encourage and improve telemedicine services or distance learning services in rural areas through the use of telecommunications, computer networks, and related advanced technologies by students, teachers, medical professionals, and rural residents.
According to Derrel Carruth, State Director, “This is an excellent opportunity for Rural Development funds to link these schools spanning numerous states. Our DLT program is an exclusively rural program designed to facilitate and improve educational services in our rural areas.”
Individuals or businesses interested in further information regarding the USDA Rural Development and our programs may call (307) 233-6700 (Wyoming State Office) or visit our web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/wy/.