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Governor Calls for Schools, Libraries and Community Centers to Stay Open Late. 200 "Public Virtual Learning Campuses" to be Established by the Year 2000

Thursday, May 07, 1998

John Truscott
(517) 335-6397

Governor John Engler moved forward today with his plan to make technology more accessible to Michigan communities. Governor Engler's "7-step Michigan Technology Empowerment Plan" included opening 200 "public virtual learning campuses" by the year 2000. "I envision this program as a way to open the door to technology, not just for students but for their parents, their teachers and other members of the community that normally would not have access to the resources many of us take for granted," said Governor Engler. "This program was developed to expand our understanding and use of technology." Through a competitive process, this program will provide challenge grants to schools, libraries, community colleges and other community-based centers to help expand the availability of technology to all learners in Michigan. "The Governor's 'public virtual learning campuses' will be open to all members of a community. Anyone will be able to come in, sit down at a computer, and have access to educational resources such as training opportunities, as well as access to the Michigan Virtual University and Michigan Virtual Automotive College," said Doug Rothwell CEO, and department director of the Michigan Jobs Commission. "We plan to have schools, libraries and community centers leaving their doors open in the evening so everyone can take advantage of the valuable resources we've invested in." Grant dollars will be available to help offset the cost of opening such facilities or for expanding and improving technology at existing public locations. Organizations (for-profit and nonprofit) interested in managing the "public virtual learning campuses" should submit a proposal to Learning Campuses, Trico Associates, 383 Starkweather, Plymouth, Michigan 48170 no later than June 1, 1998. For more information, contact the Michigan Jobs Commission's Customer Assistance line at (517) 373-9808. To request grant criteria, interested parties should view the website at http://www.trico-associates.com/learningcampus.