Valdosta, Ga, Dec 22, 2011 -- U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA RD) selected Wiregrass Georgia Technical College for a $497,306 grant under the Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program (DLT). In celebration, there will be a check presentation and reception on January 4 at 11:00 a.m. at the Valdosta Campus of Wiregrass Georgia Tech.
“It is exciting to see USDA Rural Development touching lives of rural Georgians as Wiregrass Georgia Technical College bridges the distance between campuses with this technology” said Quinton Robinson, Acting State Director of USDA Rural Development Georgia.
“We are thrilled to be recipients of this grant. We appreciate the strong partnership we have with USDA. We will use these funds to place distance education equipment in local high schools as well as Valdosta State. This grant will allow us to enhance the dual enrollment programs we currently have with high schools. Dual enrollment programs are proven to increase high school graduation rates as well as increasing the success of these students when they enroll in college.” said Ray Perren, President of Wiregrass Georgia Technical College.
The Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program is designed specifically to meet the educational and health care needs of rural America. Through loans, grants and loan/grant combinations, advanced telecommunications technologies provide enhanced learning and health care opportunities for rural residents.
DLT is a program of the Rural Utilities Service and administered in Washington D.C. For more information visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/UTP_DLT.html.
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