News Feature

Originally published in Compass, May 15, 2014
Island Institute to receive distance learning and telemedicine grant

USDA Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel has announced that The Island Institute has been selected to receive a Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant in the amount of $499,796. This grant is part of a total of $2,587,919 awarded to Maine organizations this year for six projects funded under the competitive program.

The Island Institute will use the grant to purchase video conferencing devices and hub equipment for distance learning opportunities in 15 of Maine’s island and coastal schools, according to a press release. The Island Institute in Rockland and the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor will serve as educational and equipment hubs for the schools, which include Isle au Haut and Deer Isle-Stonington.

The educational content consists of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, among other subjects. The grant will assist teachers with access to a special program to receive professional development training and certification. In addition, courses at college-level are available to adults to for certification classes and other post-secondary training in their own communities.

Grant recipients must demonstrate that they serve rural America, prove there is an economic need, and provide at least 15 percent in matching funds.