- Associated Press - Monday, September 29, 2014

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - The University of Michigan-Flint is expanding its educational opportunities to students in the Upper Peninsula this semester through a new trial project.

The UM-Flint Education Specialist program has begun connecting with a group of professionals taking classes in Sault Ste. Marie via interactive television and an online communication tool. Nine UP residents participate remotely in the class of 50 students, allowing them to receive an Education Specialist degree through UM-Flint’s 20-month post-master’s program, the Flint Journal (https://bit.ly/1uwV0nw ) reported.

The Sault Ste. Marie group is the first to take part in the UM-Flint program through interactive program, Clay Perkins, the program’s coordinator, said in a press release. School officials hope to eventually explore similar ventures in different parts of the state, he said.

Two years ago, faculty drove to Utica to teach classes through the UM-Flint Education Specialist program, but the technological aspect has made the UP initiative the first of its kind.

Live video camera feeds connect the UM-Flint students meeting at the School of Management to the Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District in Sault Ste. Marie.

The UM-Flint Education Specialist program includes monthly in-person meetings and online learning.

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Information from: The Flint Journal, https://www.mlive.com/flint


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