Nortel Networks Kidz Online, a non-profit service of Nortel, and the NASA Center for Distance Learning have been awarded a $1 million federal grant to develop a geospatial technology training program.

The two-year grant for the Geo 21 Project is from the US Department of Labor.

The purpose of the grant is to develop a multimedia training program that will assist in developing workers in geospatial fields.

Nortel Networks Kidz Online and the NASA Center for Distance Learning will develop video programming to present an overview of geospatial technology, career opportunities in the field, and explain available resources for education and training. The videos are to be deliverable over TV, satellite, cable and web.

“It is important to get career information to young people while they can still plan their education path,” said Phil Cruver, president of Nortel Networks Kidz Online, in a statement. “Kidz Online will bring this exciting career information to classrooms throughout the country via the Web in a style and format that will inspire kids and teachers to explore opportunities in geospatial technologies.”

For more information on the Geo 21 Project, see: www.nnkol.org/21stcentury