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Marshall Listening, Language Lab Seeks to go Statewide

Luke Lee Listening Language and Learning Lab

Staff at a Marshall University language lab are hoping to get state officials’ support in eventually duplicating the lab statewide so its preschool program for those with hearing loss can be spread.

The Herald-Dispatch reports that West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano and others visited the university’s Luke Lee Listening, Language and Learning Lab on Wednesday.

The lab teaches infants, toddlers and children to use cochlear implants and learn listening and spoken language.

Marshall President Jerome Gilbert says the program is “serving the needs of the state” and should be spread so others who live too far away from the lab can also be helped.

The lab serves between 25 and 30 students each academic year but recently had its budget cut by 40 percent to about $105,000.