Local schools to benefit from grant
Tallahatchie County schools will be among the beneficiaries of an expansion of area distance learning made possible by a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant program.
John Rounsaville, state director for USDA’s Rural Development agency, said Coahoma Community College in Clarksdale was awarded the grant funds in November.
The investment will enable CCC to install a distance learning system to connect the college to high schools in Coahoma, Tallahatchie and Quitman counties.
The project will also provide career focused programs leading to college credit and workforce certifications by enabling rural students to obtain college credits before leaving high school, helping to offset college costs, according to a Rural Development news release.
This project will serve an estimated population of 24,928 students.
“This program is another step forward in bridging the gap that exists between urban and rural communities’ technological capabilities,” Rounsaville said.
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 services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas.
For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov