Online Institution Launches "Island Outreach Program" in Tiny Caribbean Nation
Jones International University® (JIU®), the first entirely virtual institution in the U.S. to receive accreditation, announced today that it has kicked off its Island Outreach Program by donating 20 new computers and monitors and a series of DVD-based training courses to the Commonwealth of Dominica. Dominica is a 289-square-mile tropical island nation near Martinique in the eastern Caribbean.
Dominica's new computers will be located in an island secondary school, and the donated DVD courses-two of which cover basic computing and home computing-will help students develop computer proficiencies.
"We are very pleased and grateful to have received these computers," said Abraham Durand of Dominica's Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development, Youth Affairs and Sports. "We thank JIU for its support and continued interest in this project."
JIU founder and Chancellor Glenn R. Jones, a pioneer in online education and the use of technology to extend education's reach, said the Island Outreach Program is simply another step in JIU's efforts to democratize education around the world.
"Computers are central to contemporary education," Jones said, "and education is central to remaining part of the global economic system. We are delighted to contribute in this small way to the growth and prosperity of Dominica and its people."