Reid State Technical College to Announce USDA Grant Award

On Monday, March 21, 11:00 am, Reid State Technical College, in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture, will conduct a press conference to announce the awarding of a Rural Utilities Services Distance Learning & Telemedicine grant.

Reid State Technical College applied for and was awarded a three-year grant totaling $524,340 from the United States Department of Agriculture for a Rural Utilities Services Distance Learning and Telemedicine program.  Funding from the grant will be used to purchase equipment and administer videoconferencing connections between each of the 13 high schools and the two campuses of Reid State.  The purpose of this equipment is to provide access to dual enrollment and college credit opportunities to economically and academically disadvantaged high school students and adult learners in rural areas where transportation is an issue, thus increasing access and increasing the likelihood of persistence and completion of higher education.

Specific details of the press conference are as follows (a copy of the agenda for the event is also included):

Date:  March 21, 2016

Time:  11:00 am

Place: Reid State Technical College,

Edith Gray Library and Technology Center,

100 AL-83,

Evergreen, AL 36401


Special guests include:

Dr. Mark Heinrich, Chancellor, The Alabama Community College System

Ronnie Davis, State Director, USDA Rural Development, Alabama

Brandon McBride, Administrator, Rural Utilities Service USDA Rural Development, Washington, DC

Other local and state officials have been invited to attend



About Reid State Technical College

Reid State Technical College was created by the Alabama State Legislature on May 3, 1963.  The main college campus is located on 26 acres of land in north Evergreen at the intersection of Interstate 65 and Highway 83.  In 1981, the College established an off-site location in city of Atmore for a Practical Nursing program, which now encompasses Health Careers.  The College serves residents from Conecuh, Monroe, and Escambia counties and portions of Butler, Covington, and Wilcox counties.  Reid State Technical College is a rural, degree-granting, two-year institution that provides quality academic and technical education to students from diverse backgrounds and abilities. The college promotes economic growth by preparing a qualified workforce for business and industry.

About USDA Rural Development

USDA Rural Development forges partnerships with rural communities, funding projects that bring housing, community facilities, business guarantees, utilities and other services to rural America. USDA provides technical assistance and financial backing for rural businesses and cooperatives to create quality jobs in rural areas. Rural Development promotes the President's National Energy Policy and ultimately the nation's energy security by engaging the entrepreneurial spirit of rural America in the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements. Rural Development works with low-income individuals, State, local and Indian tribal governments, as well as private and nonprofit organizations and user-owned cooperatives.