Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Putnam Schools Get Distance Learning Grant

The Putnam County school system will receive a $314, 000 distance learning grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development this year. Officials say the grant will enable Putnam County schools to purchase and install equipment to create an interactive online network for students, teachers, health professionals and community members to participate in workforce development training. According to grants coordinator Sandra Koczwara, the project will initially connect six schools including three high schools, one middle school and two elementary schools in the area. She says the school system is working with local officials to raise additional funds to ensure Putnam County schools continue to provide competitive access to distance learning opportunities. Expanded course offerings, vocational education, skills training and improved access for home-bound students will be some of the first benefits when the network starts serving residents in the fall.