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Colorado will receive grants for its distance learning program

January 26,2011 by: admin

The RUS (Rural Utilities Service) Administrator Jonathan Adelstein has announced that grants would be provided to these two areas that have been identified.  These grants would help in financing their Distance Learning Program and Telemedicine (DLT) as well as program the educational projects in Colorado in the rural areas.

Adelstein has stated that there are too many communities in the rural areas across the nation that still don’t have access to the online educational programs that are of good quality.  These funds will now aid at least 5,000 students in 11 counties to avail the video conferencing technology and have the opportunity of availing advanced classes as well as interactive sessions that are offered by the large schools and universities.  With these funds that are available small Colorado schools can now benefit by getting leading educators into their rural classrooms.

Video conferencing equipment will now be installed in the El Paso County School District 22 in around 21 locations with the help of the available grant of $483,909.  This will help the school district to offer these remote classes in social sciences, psychology, sociology, English, and advanced mathematics.

Job training programs will also be provided by the school district to address problems such as the declining school enrollment and employment.  This would be supported by matching funds by the district ($245,884)

The East Central Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) will receive a grant of $394,486 for an expansion of the video conferencing facility which would serve 17 schools in east central Colorado.

This will help in renovating the site and transforming it into a state-of-the-art videoconferencing center.  End user sites will have access to interactive whiteboards, computers, document cameras, as well as other necessary tools.

Around $201,499 has been raised by BOCES in matching funds as the funding of each grant will depend on the recipient of the grant meeting the terms & conditions of the grant agreement.

A number of telemedicine grants have also been provided to the Colorado recipients by the USDA under the DLT program in the recent years.

For instance, in 2009, a grant was given to the Plateau Valley Hospital District in Mesa County to purchase digital x-ray processors for two of its clinics, which could connect to the central hospital at Grand Junction.  This facilitated in aiding immediate x-ray readings and thereby enhancing patient care by saving time and by improving quality at the point of contact.

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