Federal grant funds to expand adult student offerings

Region II School of Applied Technology in Houlton is among the sites benefiting from more than $3 million in federal grants aimed at expanding access to distance learning so adults in rural areas can obtain marketable, technical skills that improve their chances of finding employment.

The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development division, and USDA Rural Development’s Maine director, Virginia Manuel, recently announced the awards at Regional II School of Applied Technology.

Region II School of Applied Technology Director Michael Howard and Maine's USDA Rural Development State Director, Virginia Manuel, poses in front of distance-learning technology.
Region II School of Applied Technology Director Michael Howard and USDA Rural Development Maine State Director Virginia Manuel stand next to distance-learning technology funded through USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant awards. (Photo courtesy of USDA Rural Development Office)

From the Bangor Daily News:

Mike Howard, director of the Region II school, completed a grant application that secured about $1.48 million for his facility. It will be used by the school and the Maine Adult Education Consortium to provide statewide access to adult learners so they can obtain the education necessary to improve their chances of employment and obtain marketable technical skills.

Read the rest of the article in the Bangor Daily News.

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