Southeast Community College Receives $500,000 for Distance Learning Project -- Investment will Benefit an Estimated 305,000 Nebraska Rural Residents

Contact: Roger Meeks
(402) 416-4936

USDA Rural Development Nebraska State Director Karl Elmshaeuser today announced that $500,000 will be utilized for a distance learning project in Southeast Nebraska.

   “Increasing education through technology, enhanced equipment and software that brings educators and students together virtually, helps rural areas to have access to expanded education,” said Elmshaeuser. 

   Southeast Community College (SCC) will implement a distance learning project in Southeast Nebraska for healthcare education in a 15-county service area (Cass, Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Lancaster, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Richardson, Saline, Saunders, Seward, Thayer York).

   Elmshaeuser’s announcement is in coordination with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy who today announced that USDA is investing $42.5 million in 133 distance learning and telemedicine projects in 37 states and two U.S. territories. USDA is providing the funding through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program. These investments will benefit 5.4 million rural residents.

   Applicants eligible for Distance Learning and Telemedicine grants include most State and local governmental entities, federally-recognized tribes, nonprofits, for-profit businesses and consortia of eligible entities.  In Nebraska, contact General Field Representative Roger Meeks for more information on the DLT program at 402.416.4936 or roger.meeks@usda.gov.

   In April 2017, President Donald J. Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities. In January 2018, Secretary Perdue presented the Task Force’s findings to President Trump. These findings included 31 recommendations to align the federal government with state, local and tribal governments to take advantage of opportunities that exist in rural America. Supporting the rural workforce was a cornerstone recommendation of the task force.

   To view the report in its entirety, please view the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (PDF, 5.4 MB). In addition, to view the categories of the recommendations, please view the Rural Prosperity infographic (PDF, 190 KB).

   USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.

Last Modified: 11/25/2019