USDA Rural Development Nebraska State Director Maxine Moul visited Educational Service Unit 8 in Neligh today to present a plaque for being awarded $287,442 to further their distance learning capabilities.
ESU #8 will utilize the distance learning funds to update distance learning equipment and connect 30 schools in Northeast Nebraska to Northeast Community College. Students will be able to get advance placement classes, dual credit courses and job skills training.
“It is essential to expand distance learning so as to expand education to our students,” said Moul. “It is with great pleasure Rural Development is able to assist in the ESU’s distance learning efforts.”
“ESU #8 is honored and humbled by the $287,443 matching grant. This will be a benefit to all districts involved and Northeast Community College,” said Administrator of ESU 8 Bill Mowinkel. “We applaud the efforts of Molly Aschoff and Mary Gurney in the preparation and submission of this successful grant application.” Mowinkel continued, “Thanks goes out to USDA Rural Development in recognizing the need to extend and expand educational opportunities to rural Northeast Nebraska.”
For more information on the Distance Learning and Telemedicine program in Nebraska contact Andre Boening at firstname.lastname@example.org; or cell 402-689-8564.
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.
President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values.