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USDA Grants help NNY connect to area colleges and telemedicine programs

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CANTON - U.S. Department of Agriculture grants were awarded to supply six Northern New York groups with videoconference and telemedicine materials to provide college courses and access to medical professionals.

The St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES received $500,000 to be used to replace video teleconferencing equipment at 14 sites and install new equipment at four new sites. The Jefferson-Lewis BOCES will receive video teleconferencing units for 37 schools. Oswego BOCES will receive $302,678 for distance-learning equipment for five of its districts.

The equipment makes it possible to connect with LeMoyne College in Syracuse, Clarkson University, Jefferson Community College in Watertown and Syracuse University School of Medicine, all of which will be part of the teleconference network.

The technology upgrades have been provided through the USDA’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine Loan and Grant program.

The new distance-learning system will consolidate low-demand courses, offer advanced courses and enrichment programs, support individualized learning and special needs and provide teacher training, continuing education and adult learning.

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