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PCC Distance Learning receives $188,000 grant
Photos and Story by James Hill
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Distance Learning program at Portland Community College earned a grant of $187,906 to improve and expand distance learning services to residents throughout Multnomah County.The Community Access Capital Grant, administered by the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission, will expand the number and types of programs that residents can access via the PCC Educational Access Channel on cable television."The grant will allow us to move from a videotape based broadcast system to a DVD server, providing a higher quality signal to home viewers; to stream our broadcasts on the Internet, permitting wider access to our programming; and to augment the bond funded construction, to create a new master control,"said John Sneed, director of Distance Education at PCC. "It also supports partnerships with Mt. Hood Community College, and Portland State University in creating a Higher Education Channel for the Portland region."This project, "Expanding Access to Higher Education,"will develop new tele-courses and create an innovative Portland Region Higher Education Network in partnership with PSU and Mt. Hood CC. It will also broaden the scope of the channel into all of Multnomah County and upgrade the technical quality of program delivery.The project was made possible by a grant from the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission through funds provided by Comcast Corporation.For additional information, please contact Sneed, 503-977-4398.