USDA Awards $480,000 Grant to Chattahoochee Technical College

Chattahoochee Technical College recently was awarded a $480,000 Rural Utilities Service Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant by the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to extend educational opportunities in Gilmer, Paulding and Pickens counties through the use of advanced technologies.

“These funds, combined with matching funds of $487,340, will allow the College to purchase telepresence equipment for high schools in Pickens, Gilmer and Paulding counties,” said Dr. Trina Boteler, Chattahoochee Technical College Special Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives. “We will be using this equipment to provide credit courses and additional support and information for students and potential students who may have college access barriers due to their location in rural areas.”

Chattahoochee Tech has identified the need for distance learning to expand health program opportunities for students in rural areas, according to Boteler, including any prerequisite coursework needed for admission into health programs. Equipment funded by the DLT Grant also will be used to support Dual Enrollment and teacher professional development.

The DLT Grant is a competitive, national grant program administered by the Rural Utilities Service unit of USDA.

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