TECHNOLOGY ENHANCED – On hand for the Dyersburg State Community College grant announcement were (from left) RD Area Director Harriet Cannon, DSCC President Dr. Karen Bowyer, USDA Rural Development Director Booby Goode, RD Area Director Arlisa Armstrong
TECHNOLOGY ENHANCED – On hand for the Dyersburg State Community College grant announcement were (from left) RD Area Director Harriet Cannon, DSCC President Dr. Karen Bowyer, USDA Rural Development Director Bobby Goode, RD Area Director Arlisa Armstrong and Con. Stephen Fincher’s Representative Hannah Wade Powell. The grants along with funding for Jackson State Community College will help enhance distance learning in the classroom throughout the Northwest Tennessee region.
A new era of learning opportunities for West Tennessee students, teachers and workers was celebrated this week as U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher and USDA Rural Development State Director Bobby Goode announced federal distance learning grants that will reach 11 high schools and six satellite campuses.
The two back-to-back events took place in interactive television classrooms at Jackson State Community College (JSCC) and Dyersburg State Community College (DSCC).
USDA Rural Development grants of $489,171 to JSCC and $343,580 to DSCC open the door to dual enrollment college courses for area high school students and increased access for adults to the Tennessee State Diploma Project, the Adult Education and Workforce Development Center and other resources.
JSCC President Dr. Bruce Blanding said the investment will be used to purchase equipment and set up interactive classrooms at high schools in Carroll, Decatur, Gibson, Hardin, Hardeman, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Madison and Weakly Counties as well as the JSCC satellite campuses.
DSCC President Karen Bowyer said a previous grant of $170,000 in Stimulus funds brings the total investment in distance learning and workforce development to $513,580. The investment will be used to purchase equipment and set up interactive television classrooms at South Fulton, Obion County Central, Munford and Brighton High Schools as well as DSCC locations in Dyersburg, Trenton and Covington.
“Students and workers in West Tennessee should have the same opportunities they would have living anywhere else,” said USDA Rural Development Director Goode. “The President has made rural access to broadband a priority and at USDA Rural Development we are helping people in rural communities use this technology to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world.”
Others participating in the DSCC event included Con. Stephen Fincher’s Representative Hannah Wade Powell, Dyer County Mayor Richard Hill, Crockett County Mayor Gary Reasons, Northwest Tennessee Development District Director John Bucy and RD Area Directors Harriet Cannon and Arlisa Armstrong. For more information on USDA programs available in southwest Tennessee contact the Union City office at 1-800-342-3149, ext. 1497.