The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (WRF) recently approved a $150,000 grant to support the Delta Technology Education Center’s (DTEC) ability to provide a centralized location for access to technology, educational opportunities, workforce training, and entrepreneurship expansion in Arkansas, Desha, Drew, and Lincoln counties in southeast Arkansas.

“Since its establishment two years ago, DTEC has become an integral part of the community-building, education, and workforce training sectors of our four county service area,” said Shalaunda Jones, Center Director of DTEC. “WRF’s funding will help DTEC become more sustainable as we attract additional partners to our state of the art facility.”

Through a centralized location in Dumas, DTEC provides access to computer labs, higher education, commercial services, state government offices, and community programs. DTEC will use the grant to support its operations and develop expanded opportunities for entrepreneurial training.

“WRF’s support of DTEC will not only impact the four counties covered by this grant, but also support a model that can be replicated in other rural communities,” said Dr. Sherece Y. West-Scantlebury, president and CEO of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. “Improving access to technology and education in our rural communities will help increase educational attainment and reduce poverty in Arkansas.”