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Colorado State University today announced that it is partnering with NBC News to provide 25 high schools across the state with free, two-year subscriptions to the network’s online educational resource, NBC Learn.
The gift gives students, teachers and parents online access to more than 12,000 NBC News archival videos – one of the largest digital video archives in the world – as well as documents, images and other resources specifically designed for use in K-12 classrooms.
“CSU is proud to provide this unique and valuable educational tool to a group of deserving high schools that the university has supported and worked closely with over the years,” said Mary Ontiveros, CSU vice president for Diversity. “NBC Learn is a powerful resource that increases student engagement and empowers both students and educators through a safe, collaborative online learning environment.”
The partnerships will be introduced as part of NBC’s “Education Nation” initiative, which is stopping in Colorado starting Thursday to facilitate a public dialogue around education issues faced by the region. For the next week, NBC News and its partner stations in Colorado will air education-focused programming and host a series of special events that bring educators, elected officials, business leaders, parents and students together to share information, exchange ideas and inspire change. The Education Nation initiative includes a town hall discussion at 6 p.m. Sunday on 9News that will include a live feed from Fort Collins with education experts from CSU. More information is available at http://www.9news.com/news/article/261367/222/Education-Nation-comes-to-Denver-in-April-.
The 25 subscriptions – with a total value of $50,000 – will cover the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years and are free to all participating schools. Teachers, students and parents will have access to the resource at school and at home, including 24-hour customer support. In addition, CSU will host a training opportunity for teachers at the university’s Fort Collins campus, and subscribers will also be offered free, unlimited training via Webinar.
“CSU is working with NBC News to make sure that Colorado’s next generation of scholars have access to this innovative digital learning tool free of charge,” said Soraya Gage, general manager of NBC Learn and Education Nation. “We are excited to share the resources of NBC Learn with Colorado schools and believe it will create a new outlet for helping students get excited about and engaged with their education.”
Schools that will receive the gift from CSU include:
• Adams City High School
• Brighton High School
• Brush High School
• Centauri High School
• Centennial High School (Fort Collins)
• DCIS at Montebello High School
• Fort Collins High School
• Fort Morgan High School
• Fort Lupton High School
• Fossil Ridge High School
• Greeley Central High School
• Highland High School
• Hinkley High School
• John Mall Junior/Senior High School
• Montebello High School
• Montezuma-Cortez High School
• Northridge High School
• Platte Valley High School
• Poudre High School
• Pueblo Central High School
• Rocky Ford Junior/Senior High School
• Rocky Mountain High School
• Sierra High School
• Trinidad High School
• Valley High School
“The magnitude of this project is huge,” said Cindy Cowan, principal of Rocky Ford Junior/Senior High School. “To have this opportunity available to our students, particularly in the midst of a budget crisis, is truly a gift. Through this project, our teachers can bring history to life for our students and the richness of that history will come alive in a media that they can relate to. This is a phenomenal opportunity for our school.”
About Colorado State University
Colorado State University, a land-grant institution and Carnegie Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, is one of the nation’s leading research universities with world-class research in infectious disease, atmospheric science, clean energy technologies and environmental science. Founded in 1870, CSU last year awarded degrees to 5,800 graduates, and this year, it attracted more than $330 million in research funding. Colorado State University is the "university of choice" for Colorado residents – 30 percent of all Colorado’s science, math, engineering and technology majors pursue degrees at CSU. In addition to excellent programs in those areas, CSU offers among the very best professional programs in the United States in veterinary medicine, engineering, alternative energy, occupational therapy, journalism, agriculture and construction management. Find more information at www.colostate.edu.
About NBC Learn
NBC Learn is the educational arm of NBC News dedicated to providing resources for students, teachers and lifelong learners. The online resources NBC Learn has created for the education community leverages nearly 80 years of historic news coverage, documentary materials and current news broadcasts. "NBC LEARN K-12" gives students and teachers access to thousands of video clips from the NBC News archives, including great historic moments – from the Great Depression to the Space Race to the latest political coverage. NBC Learn also offers primary source materials, lesson plans and classroom planning resources, and additional text and image resources from our content partners.