On December 20, 2023

USDA grant to VTSU will expand educational opportunities and improve workforce development


Earlier this month, $635,465 in federal grant funding was awarded to Vermont State University (VTSU) to expand educational opportunities and workforce development in rural communities. The grant is authorized through the USDA’s Distance Learning & Telemedicine (DLT) grant program, which provides rural communities with key resources to access advanced telecommunications technology and promote more opportunities in rural America.  

“This grant from the USDA will be a game-changer in expanding access to learning opportunities for students of all types in Vermont’s rural communities. Importantly, it will enable Vermont State University to enhance telepresence classroom technology, helping Vermont learners take advantage of VTSU’s offerings and jumpstart their education,” said Senator Peter Welch (D-Vermont). “I applaud the USDA for their continued commitment to investing in the education of rural students and developing our workforce here in Vermont.”

“Accessibility in rural higher education is absolutely critical to the success of our students, especially those juggling work demands and other obligations as they work towards their degrees. Vermont State University is proud to be a model for hybrid education which allows learners of all ages and backgrounds greater flexibility and options that meet both their learning styles and family circumstances… Very importantly, we are better positioned to support the state’s workforce needs in high-demand areas like nursing and connect with our high school dual-enrollment, early college students,” said Dr. David Bergh, president of VTSU.

VTSU will use this grant to benefit nearly 6,000 students by enhancing telecommunications equipment for new learning sites and investing in new state-of-the-art software to assist teacher-student engagement, the university stated.

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