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USED tech ed/distance learning opportunity for rural high schools

by | Jul 20, 2020 | Federal Issue, Legislative Update Blog | 0 comments

From the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Communications and Outreach:

The Rural Tech Project is a $600,000 U.S. Department of Education challenge to advance technology education in rural high schools. The Department invites high schools and local educational agencies to propose technology education programs that use competency-based distance learning.

Join us for a virtual information session on Tuesday, July 21 at 3:00 p.m. to hear from U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education Scott Stump and Program Specialist Albert Palacios.

They will discuss the growing opportunities for the technology workforce and the advanced skills students will need for careers across industries. They will explore how distance learning and competency-based education can help rural communities create new learning opportunities and how the challenge will support educators in using these flexible models. The challenge team will also present an in-depth overview of the challenge, explain the resources currently available to interested schools, and answer questions.

Attendees are encouraged to come with their questions or submit them in advance to

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