Monday, November 5, 2018

$102,000 Zoom Room Grant Announced

A new US Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant provides $102,000 for Vol State to install Zoom Rooms in rural high schools in our area. The goal is to provide Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) classes to six high schools. The grant also provides for adding Zoom technology to the Livingston campus. The college has been using Zoom technology on our campuses for a while now and the use is expanding. Zoom is a teleconference system with far more flexibility than previous systems. Kevin Blankenship is the lead for the Vol State grant. It comes as part of $39.6 million in grant funding through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program. The USDA said that more than 4.5 million residents in 40 states and three territories will benefit from the funding.
 “We are pleased to assist Volunteer State Community College in improving its educational opportunities,” Tennessee Rural Development State Director Jim Tracy said. “Investments such as this one, significantly advance the quality of education made available to its students, specifically those in technology and healthcare.”

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