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Oconee Fall Line Technical College Gets Grant to Improve Video Conference System
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Oconee Fall Line Technical College awarded Grant from USDA Rural Development

ATHENS- July 9, 2012 Seventeen Georgia entities have been selected to receive the Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG). Rural Development's RBEG program provides grants for rural projects that finance and facilitate development of small and emerging rural businesses and help fund employment related adult education programs. Georgia funding totals $767,000.

Oconee Fall Line Technical College received a $42,000.00 grant to assist the college in obtaining video conference system upgrades. The college serves students in Bleckley, Dodge, Glascock, Hancock, Jefferson, Laurens, Telfair, Warren, Washington, Wheeler, and Wilkinson Counties. A list of all recipients can be viewed at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/SupportDocuments/ga_bp-rbeg_recipients2012.pdf  or at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/gabusinessprograms.html 


The video conference system will allow classes being conducted at one of the OFTC's campus sites to broadcast at another OFTC campus. The system includes cameras, microphones, and a viewing screen to make interaction as true to life as possible. The system will use the high speed internet available at each campus to broadcast the teacher to the other campus equipped with the same technology and equipment. Students will be able to hear, see and interact with the instructors and other students as if they are all in the same classroom.

The video conference system will enable Oconee Fall Line Technical College to educate more students. The system will allow students at rural campuses to attend classes that would not be offered at these sites, thus increasing the number of students that can enroll in the many programs that have high local employment opportunities.

"These funds being provided today will foster an environment for job creation and economic growth" said Quinton Robinson, acting state director. 

Since taking office, President Obama's Administration has taken significant steps to improve the lives of rural Americans and has provided broad support for rural communities. The Obama Administration has set goals of modernizing infrastructure by providing broadband access to 10 million Americans, expanding educational opportunities for students in rural areas, and providing affordable health care. In the long term, these unparalleled rural investments will help ensure that America's rural communities are repopulating, self-sustaining and thriving economically.


USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $155 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users).

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