Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of Rural Development has awarded funding from the Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant program to two North Dakota groups for expanding rural education access. Details of the funding are as follows:
Southeast Region Career and Technology Center – $390,475 grant for upgrading and replacing equipment, benefiting 1,607 secondary students and 280 adults.
Bismarck State College – $214,366 grant for expanding the nursing education program and funding interactive, broadband facilities, benefiting up to 150 rural nursing students.
“These grants will help grow our health care workforce by providing equipment and broadband infrastructure that will enable North Dakota students to better access important career training, supporting development and growth in our rural communities,” said Hoeven.