ERIC Number: ED469139
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
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Collaborative Information Technology Center (CITC) for Rural Areas.
Fontenot, Dean; Driskill, David A.
The digital divide remains a formidable issue in rural areas where the only broadband access to the Internet may be at public schools or city governments. As the only locations in rural areas with adequate technological resources, schools, libraries, health facilities, and agricultural extension facilities can be places where citizens learn about technology, receive training in using technology, and meet to learn problem-solving skills. Texas Tech University is collaborating with a rural Texas county in piloting a Collaborative Information Technology Center (CITC) that will include a cyber coffee house, copy shop, telemedicine clinic, rural economic incubator, two technology classrooms, two work stations for on-site graduate research assistants, and space for a CITC manager and technical support person. Key participants include educational entities, city and county libraries, justice systems, agricultural extension service, health district, economic development entities, and significant businesses and industries. Such CITCs will facilitate lifelong learning, community health, public safety, and economic development by providing seamless interaction between rural communities and major cities and equal access to education, health, economic development, and information. (TD)
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Agency Cooperation, Community Information Services, Elementary Secondary Education, Information Technology, Internet, Lifelong Learning, Public Libraries, Rural Areas, Rural Development, Rural Schools, School Community Relationship, Shared Resources and Services, Telecommunications
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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