Maine groups get more than $700K to grow rural opportunities
AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine’s organizations are slated to receive more than $700,000 to address rural issues such as high-speed Internet, education, and health care. The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Tom Vilsack stated that the money will be used to address the “digital divide” in rural areas of the country. It is part of a larger effort.
The largest of the grants is to Unity College, which is slated to receive a distance learning and telemedicine grant of more than $360,000. According to the USDA, the grant will be used by Unity College for a project that integrates virtual reality technology and allows rural students to interact with each other around the globe.
The University of Maine System, and Medical Care Development Inc. will also be eligible for grants. These grants will also be used to fund distance learning and telehealth.