Governor Ivey announces $72.34 million in CARES Act funds for higher education

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WALA) – Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday awarded $72.34 million of the Coronavirus Relief Fund for higher education institutions to support the purchase of technology and infrastructure related to remote instruction and distance learning, officials announced.“Since July, the state of Alabama has awarded $432,753,000 to various levels of education to ensure that we have a safe and smart continuation of educational instruction,” Ivey said. “COVID-19 has exposed deficiencies in our remote learning capabilities, and I am pleased to award our institutions of higher education the critical funds to enhance their instructional experience.”“My office has received numerous CARES Act funding requests, and we are eager to help as many folks as possible. We are still reviewing them to ensure they meet eligibility under the letter of the law and will be forthcoming when finalized,”  she added.

The Alabama Community College System will receive $27,345,000.• From the $300,000,000 for expenditures related to technology and infrastructure related to remote instruction and learning• To support the purchase of technology hardware and software to facilitate distance education and remote learning at the state’s community colleges• $8 million for a laptop loaner program to assist low-income and other students within special populations with remote learning• $10 million …

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