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UTSA's Darcy Hardy to serve one year in Washington distance learning post

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(Feb. 16, 2011)--The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) recently announced Darcy Hardy, USDLA past president and current board member and UTSA assistant vice provost for technology education initiatives in the Office of Information Technology, has joined the Office of the Assistant Secretary Employment and Training Administration (ETA) in the U.S. Department of Labor on a one-year appointment. She will return to UTSA after the USDLA appointment.

The author of numerous articles and books on distance learning and the recipient of many awards, Hardy has extensive experience in online learning initiatives and will serve ETA as an education technology expert. She will focus on providing technical assistance and guidance to explore how the ETA can take advantage of online learning advances available to private sector and government agencies.

Additionally, Hardy will support the recently announced Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (CCCT) grant program that will award approximately $500 million annually for a total of $2 billion over four years.

The CCT program complements President Obama's goal of having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020 by helping to increase the number of workers who attain degrees, certificates and other industry-recognized credentials. The grants will help provide quality education and training services to workers, as well as free online learning materials to expand access to education.

"We congratulate Darcy on being selected for such an important task for the United States and we stand ready to support her and the Administration as they work to increase the number of college graduates via the use of technology," said John Flores, CEO of USDLA. "Today distance learning is an ever-growing entity within the education and training industry."

"These grants will help educators and industry work together to ensure that more students are graduating with the skills that employers need," said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "This program is not about tinkering -- it's about transformation. This is not about getting more students to enroll -- it's about getting more students to graduation day and into good jobs."

Grant applicants must be community colleges or two-year degree granting institutions of higher education as defined in the Higher Education Act of 1965. Grants will enable institutions to expand capacity to create new education or training programs or improve existing ones to meet the needs of local or regional businesses. By statute, every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico will receive at least $2.5 million each year in grant awards.

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About the United States Distance Learning Association

The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a nonprofit association formed in 1987 in Boston, Mass. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves 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, and home schooling as well as the business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets.

 

 

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Football standouts make Roadrunner history

For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.

Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.

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