Loras College Receives $28K Grant for Online Learning

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Loras College announced on Friday that it has received a grant of $28,897 from the Iowa Department of Education as part of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund.

The grant will support the purchase of software, devices and internet connectivity to facilitate online learning.

“We are delighted and grateful to receive support from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund to help offset some of the added costs for the technology needed to teach and learn in a modified format,” Donna Heald, vice president of academic affairs, said. “The funding will also allow us to assure reliable internet connectivity for all students and pursue additional technology-related resources that will enhance their learning experience.”

Loras College has been offering online instruction to students since March. Students are currently receiving instruction exclusively online or in a hybrid of both in-person and online through its Loras Flex program.

Through the GEER Fund, the U.S. Department of Education awards grants to governors for the purpose of providing local educational agencies, institutions of higher education and other education related entities with emergency assistance as a result of COVID-19.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2019, Loras was the second-highest ranked Catholic college in the state of Iowa according to College Consensus, the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the third consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 10th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).