Challenges faced by rural communities



a person holding a colorful umbrella: As the country takes to online education, the current pandemic is impacting rural students more than those who live in cities.


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As the country takes to online education, the current pandemic is impacting rural students more than those who live in cities.

By Divya Jain

The whole world is adjusting to the reality of the Covid-19 pandemic by finding alternatives to the disruptions caused thus far. Corporations are allowing their workforces to work from home, while schools and colleges are moving classes online.

In India, people are relying heavily on strong internet connections, computers, or smartphones to get back to business during the new normal. The crisis has nudged students to pick up e-learning opportunities, as there is no end in sight. As the country takes to online education, the current pandemic is impacting rural students more than those who live in cities.

However, e-learning is transforming the sector even in remote rural areas. Tier-3 and tier-4 towns are upping the ante by investing in

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Seven complete BOCES Consortium of Continuing Education adult HVAC course delayed by COVID

Seven adult learners will complete an Electrical/HVAC program next month that will prepare them for a skilled position in the workforce. The 570-hour training course is the last of the COVID-interrupted vocational programs offered through the BOCES Consortium of Continuing Education (BCCE) to wrap up.

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Prospective HVAC workers began their program through BCCE – an adult education partnership between Madison-Oneida BOCES and Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES – in September 2019. Typically a nine-month program, the course includes instruction in electrical wiring, copper piping, soldering, furnaces, refrigeration and more as well as preparation for the EPA licensing exam.

“They can leave here and be ready for any entry-level HVAC job with any construction or contracting company,” said instructor Mark Schoff, who has taught the program for 16 years and spent many years prior working in the industry.

The class was on track for a May completion when COVID-19 shuttered schools across

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