Senator Saland Recognized By Cornell Cooperative Extension For Funds To Purchase Distance Learning Equipment

Stephen M. Saland

May 31, 2006

Senator Stephen Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie), today met with representatives from Cornell Cooperative Extension to announce grants he secured for long distance learning equipment. The equipment purchased through the grants has enhanced the distance learning capabilities at Cooperative Extension. Videoconferencing and computer equipment were purchased to allow residents of Columbia County to communicate with staff at Cornell University.

Joel Allen, Executive Director, said that the objectives of having a distance learning center at the Extension Education Center are numerous. The first objective is to use the center to deliver educational resources to the residents of Columbia County that might otherwise be unavailable. Allen explained that another objective is to use the distance education center to enhance the knowledge and skills of Cooperative Extension staff.

Gary Seymour, President of the Board of Directors, said he is appreciative of the efforts of Senator Saland to secure the grant.

Thousands of people draw upon the research of Cornell University and the national land-grant university system to make sound and confident decisions concerning their family, home, business, community, environment, and future. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia County offers educational programs supporting decision-makers and benefitting the residents of Columbia County from all walks of life with university knowledge, research, resources, and innovation. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia County extends its knowledge and training to individuals, families, schools, homeowners, community organizations, farmers, businesses, libraries and recreation sites.