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Date: July 20th, 2010   -   Web Site: www.geneseeisd.org

GenNET Receives DL Award

Genesee Network for Education Telecommunications (GenNET) was recently honored by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) with one of the world's most prestigious awards for excellence in distance learning. The USDLA Awards were created to acknowledge major accomplishments in distance learning and to highlight those distance learning instructors, programs, and professionals who have achieved and demonstrated extraordinary results through the use of online, videoconferencing, satellite, and blended-learning delivery technologies.

GenNET received the 21st Century Award for Best Practices in Distance Learning in recognition for the accomplishments of the GenNET consortium that includes Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD) and all 21 of the public school districts in Genesee County. This award was accepted on behalf of the 22 GenNET member districts by John Schantz, superintendent of Bentley Schools and chair of GenNET Board of Directors, and Paul Newman, GISD Board of Education secretary. The recognition highlighted GenNET, its outstanding and sustained programming for elementary, middle school, high school, and college-level two-way interactive and online learning for students throughout the state of Michigan. Competing for the recognition were businesses, universities, state agencies, philanthropic organizations, and other non-profit entities across the world.

"As a premier organization for the entire distance learning profession, we are honoring GISD as a leader in the industry," said Dr. John G. Flores, CEO of USDLA." GISD has raised the bar of excellence and we are truly honored by GenNET’s contributions to the distance learning industry."

GenNET was originally created to bring voice, video, and data capabilities to all points of instruction within Genesee County. This emphasis has materialized over the past 15 years into a 427 mile fiber optic network that connects 234 buildings throughout all 21 public school districts plus GISD.

“This is a fitting tribute to those key individuals whose vision over a decade ago made it possible to bring GenNET to life,” reflected Superintendent Dr. Thomas Svitkovich. “Over the years we have continued to invest in and expand GenNET. Now it is an essential element of our enterprise that impacts every aspect of the operational, administrative, and instructional areas within our educational system.”

The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) presented its 2010 International Distance Learning Awards to GISD in conjunction with the 2010 National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri earlier this month. USDLA is a 501(c) 3 non-profit association, founded in 1987, as the nation’s leading distance learning organization. The associationreaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion dollar U.S. education and training market. These prestigious International Awards are presented annually to organizations and individuals engaged in the development and delivery of distance learning programs. For more information about the USDLA Awards and to access streaming video of the awards ceremony, go to http://www.usdla.org/?cid=184.

About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry. For more information about USDLA, go to www.usdla.org.

About GenNET
The Genesee Network for Education Telecommunications (GenNET) is a fiber optic network providing integrated voice, video and data communications technologies to all 21 public school districts and the Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD). GenNET provides Genesee County educators and students with state-of-the-art voice, video and data technologies that offer exciting, dynamic teaching and learning experiences. The 22-member GenNET Governing Board guides the construction, implementation and use of the education network located in Genesee County, Michigan. For more information, go to http://www.geneseeisd.org