State grant helps distance education in Wyoming

2014-07-24T07:00:00Z 2014-07-24T23:29:06Z State grant helps distance education in WyomingThe Associated Press The Associated Press
July 24, 2014 7:00 am  • 

CASPER, Wyo. — A state grant worth about $250,000 is aimed at helping two community colleges and four school districts improve virtual distance education programs throughout Wyoming.

The Wyoming Department of Education says the $248,086 in grant money will help the districts and colleges develop online courses, increase professional development and maintain their distance education systems.

Edward Olson with the education department says "in the past Wyoming students have been limited by geography, distance, and teacher availability in terms of the classes they can take." But technology is helping students overcome those limitations.

The districts receiving the funds are in Natrona, Campbell, Fremont and Niobrara counties. Northwest Community College in Sheridan and Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne will also receive money.

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