MU Extension to close, scale back rural technology centers

Monday, August 22, 2011 | 8:48 a.m. CDT; updated 9:25 a.m. CDT, Monday, August 22, 2011

KANSAS CITY — Centers that began opening nearly two decades ago to provide technology and education access to rural areas are closing or scaling back as MU Extension cuts funding.

The extension operated the nine Telecommunication Community Resource Centers with the help of community partners that included school districts and junior colleges.

The centers were located in Mexico, Reeds Spring, Kirksville, Salem, Nevada, Jefferson City, Portageville, Poplar Bluff and the Mineral area.

Facing a $2 million budget cut from the state, the extension announced in November 2010 that it would eliminate the $800,000 in annual funding it provided to the centers. The extension gave one year for the partners to make other arrangements.

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