Washington, D.C., Dec 08, 2011 -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that 100 recipients in 34 states and one territory will receive $30,172,507 to improve access to health care and educational services in rural areas. Funding is provided through the USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Program. The announcement included a $497,531 grant to North Country Education Services Agency based in Gorham, NH.
“This program delivers educational and medical opportunities that are urgently needed in remote, rural areas,” Vilsack said. “President Obama has said that no matter where you live in America, you should have access to quality educational opportunities. Rural Americans deserve the same opportunities for education and medical care as metropolitan-area residents, and these funds will make that happen.”
In New Hampshire, North Country Education Services will connect K-12 students in Coos and Grafton County schools to distant sources of instruction and enrichment by establishing a video distance learning network. This will allow the sharing of instruction among schools provide access to special student services and expand professional development opportunities for staff.
“Through this grant program, USDA Rural Development is working to level the playing field between rural and more urban areas. Students in New Hampshire in the most remote locations will have access to top notch educational opportunities because of these funds,” according to Molly Lambert, State Director for USDA Rural Development.
Further details on the DLT program can be obtained at www.rurdev.usda.gov/UTP_DLT.html
or by contacting Rhonda Shippee, Community Programs Director for VT/NH, at
802-828-6033. For a complete list of awardees that will receive funding, please click here
Awards are contingent upon the recipients meeting the terms of the agreement with USDA.
Since taking office, President Obama’s Administration has taken historic steps to improve the lives of rural Americans, put people back to work and build thriving economies in rural communities. From proposing the American Jobs Act to establishing the first-ever White House Rural Council – chaired by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack – the President wants the federal government to be the best possible partner for rural businesses, entrepreneurs and people who want to live, work and raise their families in rural communities.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. Rural Development has a portfolio of more than $160 billion in loans and loan guarantees. Visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ for additional information about the agency's programs or to locate the USDA Rural Development office nearest you.
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