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Blog // Connect Michigan

USDA Grant Funds Rural Telemedicine and E-Learning

By Eric Frederick

 The USDA is making $19 million available to rural areas seeking to expand distance learning opportunities and telemedicine. The Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program gives schools, government groups, non-profits, businesses, and others the opportunity to obtain equipment and instruction that can benefit local students, teachers, doctors, and, most importantly, the community.  Nearly one fifth of America’s population resides in rural areas, as classified by the U.S. Census Bureau. These nearly 59.5 million people are spread over more than 90% of the nation’s land area, making it exceedingly difficult to concentrate...

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Broadband - a Technology Tool for Lifelong Learning

By CMI Staff

By Hongqiang Sun, Research Analyst Back in 2009 at Macomb Community College in Warren, Michigan, President Obama stated that “By 2020, this nation will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.” Furthermore, Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce projected “by 2018, about 2.9 million jobs in Michigan, 62 percent of Michigan’s total employment will require some training beyond high school.” These increasing educational demands in Michigan drive more innovative and alternative learning methods, such as online education (or e-learning) via the Internet. E-learning provides new opportunities...

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