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Butterfield Presents NCCU with Grant to Expand Opportunities in Rural Areas

Washington, DCCongressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today presented a $480,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to North Carolina Central University in Durham on August 8th.  The funds will be used to purchase video conferencing equipment for 11 end-user sites, including libraries and community centers, to connect residents with services commonly unavailable in rural areas.

USDA’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program announced investments in 81 distance learning and telemedicine projects in over 32 states.  The projects will help connect rural communities with medical and educational experts in other parts of the country to offer increased access to health care, substance misuse treatment, and advanced educational opportunities.

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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