USDA Rural Development State Director Dave Conine today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will fund a Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) project to Snow College to help connect rural Utah communities with educational experts in other parts of the state, increasing access to advanced educational opportunities.
“Students in Utah’s rural communities deserve the same educational opportunities as students in urban areas,” Conine said, “USDA’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program, with local educational institutions, helps bridge the gap that distance creates, ensuring rural students achieve their goals of higher education.”
USDA is awarding $304,132 to Snow College to purchase updated interactive video conferencing equipment for three high schools and three charter schools in rural areas. This project makes it possible for Snow College to continue their distance learning and concurrent enrollment programs. These courses, offered to students at small high schools, afford opportunities that such students may otherwise never have.
USDA Rural Development has provided $213 million for 634 DLT projects in rural areas nationwide since 2009. USDA’s Rural Utilities Service, which administers the DLT program, also offers infrastructure programs that bring broadband, safe drinking water and improved wastewater treatment facilities to rural communities.