Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) on Monday presented a $480,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to North Carolina Central University in Durham. The funds will be used to purchase video conferencing equipment for 11 end-user sites, including libraries and community centers, to connect residents with services commonly unavailable in rural areas.
“Expanding educational resources to all North Carolina residents will require a digital pipeline that connects individuals virtually,” said Butterfield. “USDA’s investment will expand access to the latest information and services to households throughout North Carolina. I applaud USDA for selecting North Carolina Central University as a recipient for this critical investment.”
USDA’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program announced investments in 81 distance learning and telemedicine projects in over 32 states. The projects will help connect rural communities with medical and educational experts in other parts of the country to offer increased access to health care, substance misuse treatment, and advanced educational opportunities.