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Statewide Broadcast to Connect Communities to Digital Opportunities

PULLMAN, Wash. — Business, health care, education and civic leaders will learn about resources available to help their business or organization explore beneficial applications of computers, the Internet and telecommunications by attending a satellite broadcast sponsored by the Washington State University Center to Bridge the Digital Divide.

On April 4, an innovative rural business owner, a health care leader and a high school superintendent will tell how computers, the Internet and telecommunications are contributing to their success.

The broadcast is designed to provide interactive communications between speakers and people attending any of the downlink sites.

Experts scheduled to speak are:

  • Jon Ochs, president, Eureka Software. Jon and his wife Li operate a successful software application business from their family farm near Lacrosse, Whitman County. The Ochs’ business serves a national and international clientele by tapping the power of modern digital technologies.
  • Nancy Vorhees, chief operating officer, Inland Northwest Health Services, Spokane. Nancy and her INHS team lead a nationally recognized consortium of 28 hospitals and mental health centers that use telecommunications to provide remote access to clinical and health care education.
  • Frank Walter, superintendent, Quillayute Valley School District, Forks, Clallam County. Walter and his school district are national leaders in the innovative use of digital tools to prepare children and future community workers to succeed in a fast evolving information economy. The district recently was selected to receive a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant to establish the nation’s first “rural” High Tech High School.

The broadcast is the first of six planned during 2002. People who attend will be encouraged to participate in follow-up discussions with others across the state via an electronic discussion group hosted by the WSU Center to Bridge the Digital Divide.

In eastern Washington the broadcast will be downlinked at:

  • –Room T101, in the Food Sciences and Human Nutrition Building on the WSU campus in Pullman.
  • –Washtucna High School, 100 School Street, Washtucna.
  • –WSU Cooperative Extension at Columbia County, 202 S. Second St., Dayton.
  • –WSU Learning Center – Southeast Washington, 500 Tausick Way, Walla Walla.
  • –WSU Learning Center – Northeast Washington, 985 S. Elm St., Colville.

Registration is $10 per person. More information is available at the center’s Web site at

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