Wicker, Cochran Announce $250,000 for Rust College

September 10, 2008

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran today announced the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has approved a $250,000 grant for the Rust College Technology Infrastructure project. 

“This is an important investment for future economic development in the Holly Springs area,” Sen. Wicker said.  “These funds will help give our young people the skills needed to succeed in today’s economy.”

The ARC grant will cover the acquisition of video conferencing equipment to be installed in a campus auditorium that will function as a distance learning center and a community outreach center.  It is estimated that 500 college students and 250 high school students will use the facility for a variety of enhanced math and science courses and other traditional curriculum.  The equipment to be acquired will include: 60 computers, a variety of electronic switching equipment, smart boards, and sound system equipment. 

It is also estimated that approximately 600 people from government organizations, other educational facilities, vocational students, and businesses will use the facility annually for a variety of uses.     

In addition to the ARC funds, local sources will provide $62,500, bringing the total project funding to $312,500.