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Assistant Secretary Joins Dr. Jill Biden in Support Of Community Colleges
Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier and Dr. Jill Biden addressed the Center for American Progress forum Community Colleges and Competitiveness: Generating Economic Opportunity Through Innovation in Postsecondary Education held Jan. 27, 2010. The event celebrated the release of the center's policy papers on a student-centered vision of community colleges and how to integrate three historic missions of community colleges.
OVAE Selects Six States for Customized PBF Support
OVAE recently announced the selection of six states to receive customized support from its Performance-Based Funding (PBF) in Adult Education project. The states, selected through a competitive application process, are Montana, Texas, Maryland, Nevada, Iowa, and Alabama. These states will get help in designing new, or refining existing, performance-based funding systems. Experts also will assist them with specific issues associated with implementing PBF in their states. Assistance is slated to start this month and run through September 2010.
NTIA Offering Funds For Community College Broadband
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Rural Utilities Service have published a Notice of Funding Availability announcing the availability of Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grants funded under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. NTIA will award grants in three categories of eligible projects: Comprehensive Community Infrastructure (CCI), Public Computer Centers (PCC), and Sustainable Broadband Adoption (SBA). The CCI category will focus on Middle Mile broadband infrastructure projects that offer new or substantially upgraded connections to community anchor institutions, especially community colleges. The PCC category will help expand public access to broadband service and enhance broadband capacity at entities that permit the public to use these computing centers, such as community colleges and public libraries. The SBA category will fund innovative projects that promote broadband demand, including those that provide broadband education and access particularly for vulnerable populations that traditionally have underutilized broadband technology. Applications are due February 16 and funds will be awarded this fall.
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