Delgado Announces Federal Grant Funding To Support STEM-Focused Distance Learning
U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) announced Oct. 15 a $683,692 award from the Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant program at USDA Rural Development to supplement programs at Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES (ONC BOCES). These funds will be used provide STEM courses with more rigorous curriculum to public schools in the ONC BOCES network within Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan, Madison, and Chenango counties. Specifically, ONC BOCES will use these federal dollars to replace the hardware for their video conference services that allow rural schools to share teaching resources and reach students in remote areas. This new equipment will also allow the organization to provide virtual training sessions in opioid addiction and overdose prevention for community members, school staff, and emergency personnel.
The Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant program at USDA Rural Development is designed to help rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world. This grant funding will be used to supplement a nearly 30 year program run through ONC BOCES that help students in rural areas access college-level courses.