Overview of Educational Partners
The University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service,
the Laboratory for Community and Economic Development and six rural Illinois
Community Colleges are working together on a project, Educational Partners:
Enhancing Internet Use in Rural Illinois, to bring Internet technologies
to rural communities to enhance community networking and community development.
This project is supported by the Illinois Board of Higher Education - Higher
Education Cooperation Act, the Laboratory for Community and Economic Development
and the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service.
This project is providing Community College (CC) faculty
and staff with a packaged program on Internet training; helping the CCs
and the Cooperative Extension Service (CES) reach new audiences using contacts
from each other; and designing additional technical assistance that will
be shared among CCs and the citizens they serve, the University of Illinois
CES, and the Laboratory for Community and Economic Development at the University
This project is organized into three Phases:
This project creates a "train-the-trainer" system that directly
touches CC and the local CES staff, who, in turn, serve their student participants,
adult learners and citizens.
Phase 1: Cramming on Campus: CC staff come to the
University of Illinois campus to explore the Internet, walk through the
basic Internet training course, learn about different models for community
networking, and develop resources and sources for future programming.
Phase 2: Planning the Basic Internet Course and Building
Community Support: The CC and CES staff design an introductory Internet
training course and plan a meeting for the entire community.
Phase 3: Building a Virtual Community: CC staff will
use Internet-based technologies to enhance student education and community
networking, community development and economic development.
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