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BLUEFIELD (WVVA) - A five-year federal grant will help enhance educational opportunities at Bluefield State College, U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall's office announced in a press release Wednesday.

The money, totaling more than $1 million for the first year, will be used to upgrade technology across campus by providing computers, networking, distance learning technology and support services.

The funding was awarded by the US Department of Education through its Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program.

Following is the full press release from Rahall's office:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) Wednesday announced that Bluefield State College has been awarded a federal grant to strengthen its academic resources, management capabilities, and education programs in southern West Virginia.

"Opening doors is a tried and true tradition at Bluefield State.  This federal investment opens classrooms and ultimately jobs any student who can access a computer," said Rahall. "When you hear talk about Reconnecting McDowell County, know that Bluefield State is walking the walk.  With Governor Tomblin's recent announcement about Shentel providing broadband throughout the County, this grant will work hand in hand with that improved access.  The whole region will benefit from the advances Bluefield State will be making."

"This grant will enhance Bluefield State College's ability to provide equality educational opportunities by strengthening academic quality, institutional management, technology upgrades, and fiscal stability. We appreciate our Congressional delegation for working to sustain this vital program at BSC. I am particularly pleased with Congressman Rahall's efforts to bring high-quality programs, like this one, to the citizens of southern West Virginia," said Dr. Felica Wooten Williams, Executive Director of Academic Outreach Programs at Bluefield State College.

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The funding announced today was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education through its Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program for equalizing educational opportunities and ensuring access to postsecondary education and lifelong learning.

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