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Mountain Institute JTED's video-conferencing technology reaches students in remote areas

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Students take part in a video-conferencing session.

Courtesy photo<br> Students take part in a video-conferencing session.

Mountain Institute JTED (MIJTED) has launched its 2014-15 school year with an expansion of its Medical Professions program into Ash Fork and Seligman. Offering high school and college credits, along with industry certification in First Aid/CPR plus the National Consortium for Health Science Education Certification, Medical Professions is one of the most popular of MIJTED's career-training courses. In this case, however, because of the distances involved, one of Mountain Institute's unique hybrid programs was required.

In an MIJTED hybrid program, students receive their primary instruction over broadband video conferencing. The technology allows a Medical Professions instructor in Prescott to teach Ash Fork and Seligman students in a classroom at Ash Fork High School. The students then complete their hands-on lab work with a registered nurse at Ash Fork High school. This arrangement saves Seligman and Ash Fork students more than three hours a day of roundtrip travel to attend class in Prescott, thus making the course feasible.

Two other MIJTED hybrid programs, in Drafting and Design and Education Professions, already use video conferencing to provide instruction to students in Ask Fork, Seligman, and Mayer. In both programs, one hour a day of instruction via video conferencing is supplemented by another hour of training through Moodle - an online open-source learning platform that allows students at any location to collaborate with one another in a discussion-board forum.

All three MIJTED hybrid programs bring state-of-the-art career and technical instruction to areas far away from MIJTED's Central Campus. MIJTED looks to further expand this unique outreach in coming school years.

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