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$1.25M Grant To Help Martin U Launch Online Courses

Martin University in Indianapolis, IN, will use a $1.25 million grant from the United States Department of Education to launch online certificate programs.

The school will receive $250,000 annually for five consecutive years as part of the federal government's Predominantly Black Institutions Program. It supports or establishes programs in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics; health education; globalization; teacher preparation; or improving educational outcomes of African-American males.

Dr. Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow, university president, said the grant will let Martin University create online and distance learning programs in phases over five years.

"The grant will equip us to provide a 21st century educational experience utilizing the very latest in electronic communication tools," she explained. "This improved capability should make us more attractive to students wanting to use the latest technologies to grow in knowledge."

The nonprofit, private liberal arts school, which specializes is serving low-income, minority, and adult students, has about 1,400 students and 50 faculty members.

For more information, visit martin.edu.

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