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Va. colleges celebrate decade of distance learning.

ANNANDALE, Va. -- Northern Virginia Community College and Old Dominion University recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of Teletechnet, ODU's distance-learning program, with the signing of an articulation agreement between the two institutions.

The distance-learning program works in partnership with the Virginia Community College System, which helps students attain associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and doctoral degrees.

Teletechnet courses are offered through synchronous, interactive satellite from the university's campus in Norfolk, Va. But in recent years, ODU has been using other methods of teaching, including two-way video, the Internet, CD-ROM and streaming video.

Community and government leaders, as well as former and current students, discussed the program's benefits at the anniversary celebration.

GiGi Wilson, a former NVCC student, was in the first Teletechnet class and eventually received her bachelor's degree in health sciences from ODU. She is now working at Fair Oaks Hospital and is an adjunct faculty member at NVCC's Medical Education Campus.

"I was able to get my education while continuing on with my life and not owe anyone any money," Wilson said.

"Teletechnet means accessibility through technology," said Dr. Roseann Runte, ODU's president. "For the Commonwealth, it means that ... (we) are offering the highest quality education for a very reasonable cost. For Virginians, it means that no qualified citizen lives more than 30 minutes away from a four-year university degree."
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