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Nebraska State Director Maxine Moul Celebrates Distance Learning Funding to ESU 16

Vicki Schurman
North Platte
Release Date

USDA Rural Development Nebraska State Director Maxine Moul visited Educational Service Unit 16 in North Platte today to present a plaque for being awarded $399,988 to further their distance learning capabilities.  ESU #16 will utilize the funds to upgrade distance learning equipment and acquire educational software for ESU #16, which spans more than 17,000 square miles. This project will replace outdated equipment, introduce new learning concepts and increase the use of project-based learning activities.

"It is essential to expand distance learning so we can expand education to our youth,” said  Moul. “It is with great pleasure Rural Development is able to assist in the ESU’s distance learning efforts.”

 According to ESU 16 Administrator, Marge Beatty, “Without the Rural Utility Service Grant, area schools would have a difficult time upgrading the equipment necessary to send and receive over 225 high school and dual credit courses annually”.

 “Without the use of Distance Learning, some area schools would not be able to meet the Nebraska Department of Education Rule 10 accreditation requirements for course offerings” stated Scott Jones, Director of the Southwest Nebraska Distance Education Network.

For more information on the Distance Learning and Telemedicine program in Nebraska contact Andre Boening at andre.boening@wdc.usda.gov; cell402-689-8564.

For more information contact the Rural Development office nearest you.  You can locate an office by visiting:  http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/NE-ContactUs.html.  Visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/ne for information on all of Rural Development’s programs.

For additional information on RD projects, please visit Rural Development’s new interactive web map featuring program funding and success stories for fiscal years 2009-2012. The data can be found at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/RDSuccessStories.html.