CROWNPOINT, N.M. ― A distance learning initiative at Navajo Technical University will be getting a boost of more than $447,000 from the federal government.
Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation announced Monday that the university would be receiving the funds, which are made possible through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program.
The goal is to counteract high unemployment and poverty on the Navajo Nation.
Officials say quality distance learning is an important tool, especially on the reservation, where many students have to travel long distances to take classes at the Crownpoint campus.
Through the distance learning program, students will be able to work during the day and take classes at night.