"On behalf of OCM BOCES, the 11 districts, and especially the students that will be able to reap the tremendous benefits of the video conferencing technology and support, I would like to thank the USDA for selecting our organization to receive these funds," said Dr. Jessica Cohen, OCM BOCES superintendent. "OCM BOCES' Central New York Regional Information Center has long been providing superior technological opportunities to our 23 component districts and beyond, but with this additional money to serve our rural districts, we open doors for our students to take advantage of opportunities they may not otherwise have."
The DLT Grant Program is administered by USDA Rural Development's national office and provides access to education, training and health care resources in rural areas. Matching funds are required on the part of the recipient and OCM BOCES provided $786,010 for the project, which has a total price tag of more than $1.25 million.
Nationally, 111 projects in 35 states received more than $34.9 million in DLT funding this year. Four New York projects, including OCM BOCES, received $1,350,052 in funding.
USDA Rural Development's mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development and supports the creation of critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available by calling the state office at 477-6400 or by visiting USDA Rural Development's Web site at rurdev.usda.gov/ny.