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116 STAT. 464 PUBLIC LAW 107-171—MAY 13, 2002 (2) the Republic of the Marshall Islands; or (3) the Republic of Palau. SEC. 7503. RESIDENT INSTRUCTION AND DISTANCE EDUCATION GRANTS PROGRAM FOR INSULAR AREA INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION. The National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 3101 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following: "Subtitle O—Institutions of Higher Education in Insular Areas 7 USC 3361. "SEC. 1489. DEFINITION. "For the purposes of this subtitle, the term 'eligible institution' means an institution of higher education (as defined in section 101(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001(a)) in an insular area that has demonstrable capacity to carry out teaching and extension programs in the food and agricultural sciences. 7 USC 3362. "SEC. 1490. DISTANCE EDUCATION GRANTS FOR INSULAR AREAS. "(a) IN GENERAL.— The Secretary may make competitive or noncompetitive grants to eligible institutions in insular areas to strengthen the capacity of such institutions to carry out distance food and agricultural education programs using digital network technologies. "(b) USE.—Grants made under this section shall be used— "(1) to acquire the equipment, instrumentation, networking capability, hardware and software, digital network technology, and infrastructure necessary to teach students and teachers about technology in the classroom; "(2) to^ develop and provide educational services (including faculty development) to prepare students or faculty seeking a degree or certificate that is approved by the State or a regional accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of Education; "(3) to provide teacher education, library and media specialist training, and preschool and teacher aid certification to individuals who seek to acquire or enhance technology skills in order to use technology in the classroom or instructional process; "(4) to implement a joint project to provide education regarding technology in the classroom with a local educational agency, community-based organization, national nonprofit organization, or business; or "(5) to provide leadership development to administrators, board members, and faculty of eligible institutions with institutional responsibility for technology education. "(c) LIMITATION ON USE OF GRANT FUNDS. — Funds provided under this section shall not be used for the planning, acquisition, construction, rehabilitation, or repair of a building or facility. "(d) ADMINISTRATION OF PROGRAM. —The Secretary may carry out this section in a manner that recognizes the different needs and opportunities for eligible institutions in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.