CLC President Dr. Larry Lundblad and Dean Jeff Wig were part of the ceremony at the National Joint Powers Alliance office in Staples today, where Colleen Landkamer, USDA Rural Development State Director, signed a symbolic, over-sized replica of the $405,991 check representing a grant to the NJPA for a distance learning project. The college will be heavily involved in furthering educational opportunities in 12 school districts as well as Lakewood Health System, Staples. The NJPA provided $205,000 in matching funds for the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) program. Schools besides CLC connected to the system will be Browerville, Bertha-Hewitt, Pillager, Sebeka, Crosby-Ironton, Staples-Motley, Menahga, Verndale, Eagle Valley, New York Mills, Wadena-Deer Creek, and Henning. Steve Wenzel, former state USDA Rural Development director and legislator and now a political science instructor at CLC, was part of the college delegation to the project kick-off.