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SAGU Receives $150,000 Technology Grant

(Austin) - According to State Representative Jim Pitts (R-Waxahachie), Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie has received a $150,000 state grant to complete the automation of their library. SAGU is one of 74 four-year colleges and universities in Texas receiving Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund Board (TIFB) grants to enhance advanced technology capabilities.

The Higher Education Technology Advancement grant will provide Southwestern the capability to deliver CD-ROM information products across their network and will include the development of a variety of distance education delivery modes to aid students who cannot access an education in the traditional way.

"Through TIFB Funding, Southwestern can meet its educational goals of reducing the isolation of distance education students by helping students meet their educational potential, improving information resource and technology access, and by providing these services via a range of delivery options," said Dr. Delmer R. Guynes, president of SAGU.

Since its creation by the 74th Legislature in 1995, the TIF Board has awarded approximately $202 million in telecommunications grants to 1018 school districts and charter schools, all 57 community colleges in the state, 592 public libraries and branches, 300 public and not-for-profit healthcare facilities, 11 collaboratives of model projects, and 13 collaboratives of rural school districts.

"The great thing about this program is that we see how it has benefited a cross-section of schools and universities, as well as libraries and healthcare systems," said Pitts.

For additional information, contact the TIF Board at (512) 344-4300 or 1-888-533-TIFB (8432). Additional information is available at

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