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Welcome to 2005!
January 14, 2005

2005 Course Curriculum Online – Apply Today!
The USTTI is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for our 2005 training year. 73 tuition-free courses are offered, with new and expanded training in wireless broadband technology and IT security and policy. Due to the length of time required to secure a United States entry visa, we encourage all those interested to apply at least 16 weeks before the start of a course. Review the curriculum and apply today!

Inauguration Day
On Thursday, January 20, the USTTI will be closed due to the Inauguration of President George W. Bush. President Bush, our 43 President, will be sworn in for his second term. Inauguration Day is the day on which the President of the United States is sworn in and takes office, a ceremony that has been taking place since President Washington. The oath of office is traditionally administered by the Chief Justice of the United States on the steps of the United States Capitol. Following the oath, the President delivers an inaugural address, setting the tone for the new administration. It has become tradition for the President to parade down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC from the Capitol to the White House.

Open Forum USTTI
As we begin our 2005 training year, USTTI wants to hear from you! The USTTI's Curriculum Coordinators will be online to answer your questions from 8:30am-11:00am, EST on Tuesday, February 1, 2005. We look forward to discussing 2005 training courses and sponsors, the USTTI application process, or possible funding opportunities. We also welcome your suggestions for future training courses and ways to better help you and your country advance your telecom /IT goals. Submit your questions now!

Highlighting our Board
This week: Bechtel Telecommunications

Bechtel Telecommunications, a business unit of Bechtel Corporation, provides design, engineering, site acquisition, project management, and construction management for the deployment of wireless, wireline and other telecommunications facilities worldwide, through major offices in London and its world headquarters near Washington, DC. Bechtel has successfully completed more than 140 major telecommunications projects worldwide, including more than 13,000 miles of wireline fiber; 80,000 wireless sites; and communication centers such as POPs, NOCs and data centers.

USTTI recently announced the appointment of Mr. Timothy Statton, Executive Vice President and Director, Bechtel Group, Inc., President of Bechtel Telecommunications Global Business Unit, to its 2005 Board of Directors. Mr. Statton served as President of Bechtel Enterprises (BEn), the company’s project development, financing and ownership subsidiary. Mr. Statton welcomes the election to USTTI’s Board of Directors, and looks forward to participating in its collaborative efforts to share the latest advancements in communications and technology.

To learn more about Bechtel Telecommunications’ capabilities, projects and achievements, visit: www.bechteltelecoms.com To access our Technical Journal articles, go to: www.bechteltelecoms.com/jsp/labs/pubs.jsp

Good Luck, Jorge!
On January 14, the USTTI will bid a fond farewell to a good friend and valued coworker, as Senior Intern Jorge Arriaza departs for Boston and the private sector. Jorge has been with the USTTI since 2002, and has always brought a friendly, confident, and can-do attitude to the office. The entire USTTI staff wishes Jorge a happy and prosperous transition, and the best of luck in Red Sox country!


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