Telecommunications Cooperative (SWTC) is a collaborative
organization of 44 public schools ,
Redwood County Tele-Network,
Southern Exposure Tele-Network,
Des Moines River Valley
Tele-Media, and Southwest/West
Central Service Cooperatives. Our focus is on distance
learning which is provided through interactive television and wide
area data networking.
SWTC covers 12 counties in southwest
Minnesota. Our offices and network operations (NOC) center are
located in Windom, MN. The NOC provides regional, statewide,
national and international videoconferencing capabilities through a
network of fiber optic, microwave, and leased digital circuits.
receive many services relating to distance learning. Southwest
Telecommunications Cooperative provides maintenance of ITV
connections, studios, and switching centers. SWTC provides ITV class
scheduling and distribution of teaching materials such as textbooks
and workbooks to member districts.
Each member district is connected to a vast
wide area network which provides several types of data access such
as inter-district, regional record keeping, finance, payroll, and
Southwest Telecommunications Cooperative also
provides administration services to each of the three tele-media