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Students plug in – Massachusetts initiative

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Students at colleges and universities are getting an education in technology.

Schools such as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Florida already require students to own computers, but educators in Massachusetts want the state to be the first to require all full-time public college students to own laptop computers, the Associated Press reported Oct 17.   

The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education has approved a $123 million program aimed at improving computer access for the poor, and combining high-tech skills and higher education. The program comes at a time when the need for technology workers in the U.S. is growing rapidly.

In addition to computer requirements, schools are offering online courses to students in increasing numbers.

Previously, online classes have been offered as an option, but beginning in 2001, students at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey will be required to take one online course per year, the Associated Press reported Oct 14.

The school offers 35 online courses but plans to develop 50 to 60 new courses to meet student needs. The school estimates it will spend about $5 million to upgrade its network and develop new software.

For full story, go to Northern Light and AOL.

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