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USDA Grants Awarded to South Carolina Projects

By CSC Staff

Today, the US Department of Agriculture announced recipients of the latest Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants.  Grants were awarded to 75 projects in 31 states including South Carolina.  The goal of the grant is to expand distance learning and telemedicine opportunities in rural areas. 

"Rural communities often lack access to specialized medical care or advanced educational opportunities necessary for stronger rural economies," Vilsack said, noting that today is National Rural Health Day. "These grants will help increase access to health care and many other essential services.

The following South Carolina projects received grants:

  • Denmark Technical College ($340,056) to offer vocational, academic and professional development distance learning courses to students, teachers and adult learners.
  • Palmetto Health Foundation ($268,949) to launch a telemedicine project in lower Richland County.
  • Florence-Darlington Technical College ($228,017) to extend dual enrollment/early college instructional programs at Florence-Darlington Technical College's three satellite campuses to students in nine rural high schools in Florence, Darlington and Marion counties.
  • Jasper County School District ($347,145) to provide academic & professional development courses to students & teachers.
  • Fairfield County School District ($430,745) to install teleconferencing equipment in nine rural schools and two hub sites to provide telehealth services, including primary and acute care.

Click here to learn more about the grants.



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