Distance learning provides unique opportunities for schools, health care providers and others in remote regions by making education and professional development both accessible and cost-effective. School-to-work programs, which depend on interaction between the business world and the classroom, can now be effectively connected via distance learning technology. High school programs and health care facilities will be linked seamlessly to similar institutions and institutions of higher education. Teleconferencing improves the exchange of current information and exploration of new technologies, encourages in-service training, and facilitates communication.