Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Hendry Schools Get Tech Grant

LABELLE, FLORIDA -- The Technological Research and Development Authority (TRDA) and Hendry County Public Schools has been awarded a grant totaling $861,000 for the 2006-07 school year to enhance technology in all agricultural-related classrooms in Hendry County schools.

The grant, awarded by the Florida Department of Education, will be used to provide new equipment at Clewiston and LaBelle high schools, including laptop computers, digital cameras, weather-monitoring devices, digital microscopes and GPS/GIS mapping systems.

Hendry Country is a rural, agricultural community in which many students pursue careers in the agricultural industry. These new resources will play a vital role in school projects involving agricultural research, data collection, experiments and testing.  The TRDA Endeavour Academy partnered with Hendry County schools in requesting the grant and was one of 11 organizations to receive funding out of 43 applicants.

Launched in 1987, the TRDA is an agency of the state of Florida that leverages federal, state and private resources to develop and implement technology-based programs in four target areas:  education, business incubation, energy and technology transfer.  Since its inception, the TRDA has leveraged tens of millions of dollars in funding to support its education and economic development programs.  By infusing new technology into businesses and schools, the TRDA helps to strengthen the economy and education throughout the state and nation.

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