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Old Dominion University President Roseann Runte and Darrel W. Staat, president of Central Virginia Community College, recently signed an articulation agreement between their public institutions of higher education at a ceremony. The continuing partnership between CVCC and ODU's unique distance learning program, TELETECHNET, has provided access to thousands of Virginians desiring a four-year or graduate degree without leaving their families or communities.

"TELETECHNET means accessibility through technology," said Runte. "For the Commonwealth, it means that we have conquered geography and are offering the highest-quality education for a very reasonable cost. For Virginians, it means that no qualified citizen lives more than 30 minutes away from a four-year university degree. Old Dominion changes lives in every community of the state by broadening horizons, offering qualifications for better employment and paving the way for economic development."

Since its inception, more than 150 Central Virginia residents have received bachelors and masters degrees through ODU's distance learning program.

"ODU's TELETECHNET program, located on the CVCC campus, has made it possible for many students to complete a four year degree. In addition, the opportunity is there to earn a master's or even a doctorate without ever leaving the region," said Staat. "As everyone recognizes, an educated workforce is an essential requirement for economic development and job creation. ODU's partnership with CVCC is an outstanding model."

With more than 50 sites across all schools in the Virginia Community College System, plus sites in Arizona, Washington, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Georgia and the Bahamas, Old Dominion's TELETECHNET is the largest distance learning network of its kind in the nation. Through satellite broadcast and Internet video-streaming, students across the state and the country, and even Navy ships at sea, take part in live, interactive classes held on Old Dominion's Norfolk campus.

This article was posted on: June 10, 2005

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