Rep. Estes Announces USDA Grants for Distance Learning in Rural Kansas

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Washington, October 8, 2020 | comments

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ron Estes (R-Kansas) announced funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant program for rural communities in central Kansas.

“We must invest in the infrastructure necessary to allow rural students across Kansas to connect to quality education as we continue to address the health and economic challenges of COVID-19,” said Rep. Estes. “The Trump administration and Congress have made major investments in our state’s rural areas, and I will continue to work with them to ensure all of our rural residents have access to distance learning, telemedicine, and broadband services.”

The Educational Services Staff Development Association of Central Kansas will receive $658,894 in grants to fund the redesign of their Virtual Learning project. This project will provide high-quality virtual learning to students and educators across central Kansas.

Kansas State University will receive $387,459 in grants to bolster the University’s Rural Education Center that provides training, curriculum, instructors, and resources to support science, technology, engineering and math courses in their rural partner schools.

Ron Estes is a 5th generation Kansan and represents Kansas’ 4th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means.
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