The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded Trenholm State Community College (TSCC) a $496,451 grant to create the South-Central Alabama Distance Learning Network.
TSCC will install distance learning equipment that includes videoconferencing for full-motion video and full-duplex audio creating interactive two-way communications at six public high schools surrounding Trenholm State: Autaugaville High School (Autauga County), Bullock County High School in Union Springs (Bullock County), Luverne High School (Crenshaw County), Macon County Career Tech Center in Tuskegee (Macon County), the old South Montgomery Academy Campus in Grady (Montgomery County), and Pike County High School in Brundidge (Pike County). The network will give students living in rural areas access to high-quality instruction in upper-division coursework through local, state, regional, or national distance learning networks.
The network will also provide access to advanced placement and college transfer courses for high school students, GED testing, worker retraining, and certification courses.
The distance learning network can help students in rural communities overcome geographic barriers.
Five of the six counties are located in the Black Belt.
It is estimated that 21,000 rural Alabamians will benefit from the educational infrastructure project.