USDA awards Northwestern $181,000 Distance Learning Grant

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USDA awards Northwestern $181,000 Distance Learning Grant

October 23, 2008

Northwestern Oklahoma State University has been awarded a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the amount of $181,169 to purchase equipment to improve the distance education capabilities at its three campuses and to provide educational opportunities to three partner public schools.

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Northwestern Oklahoma State University and the United States Department of Agriculture have united to provide technology to enhance distance education learning with partner high schools in northwest Oklahoma. (From left) Bill Fanning, mayor of Woodward; Dr. Deena Fisher, dean of Northwestern-Woodward; Dr. Cheryl Evans, dean of Northwestern-Enid; Sarah Yauk, Buffalo High School principal; Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president; and Brent Kisling, USDA state director; attended the grant check presentation ceremony.

Brent Kisling, USDA state director, presented Northwestern with the funds at a ceremony on its Alva campus.

The grant will be used to purchase cameras, monitors, smart boards and other equipment to enhance Northwestern’s distance education network. It also will allow Northwestern to work directly with three partner secondary schools in Buffalo, Fairview and Vici, providing the schools with college level courses, counseling and diagnostic support, college readiness and financial aid support, and professional development of teachers and administrators.

“This USDA grant provides Northwestern and our three partner institutions to experience educational opportunities that otherwise might not have been available,” said Dr. Janet Cunningham, president of Northwestern. “The investment made by USDA in technology infrastructure is important to the development of northwest Oklahoma. The real winners are the college and high school students who will have more access to education at several levels.”