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April News Update
April 21, 2006

2006 Training Year
The USTTI's 24th training year is off to a strong start. Out of 188 applicants, 17 women and men from 15 countries participated in the USTTI's first course in late March, “Radio Frequency Spectrum Management,” sponsored by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Ten additional women and men from eight additional countries joined these NTIA scholars for “Spectrum Management in the Civil Sector,” sponsored by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) . The Spectrum Management Sequence will continue, with additional training at an FCC monitoring lab in Columbia, MD and conclude in Freemont, CA at TCI, a Dieletric Company . Additionally, we have begun our television broadcast training and will shortly welcome participants to our distance learning and wireless broadband sequences.

Women's Participation at USTTI
The USTTI takes great pride in supporting female leaders in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry. While the USTTI is a gender-neutral organization, the changing demographics of the ICT industry have resulted in an increasing percentage of our participants being females. Already scheduled to attend a wide variety of USTTI training this year are female delegations from Afghanistan, Armenia, Iraq, Tanzania, and Uganda. In addition to these participants, 60% of the USAID funded scholars scheduled to participate in this spring's Internet training sequence are female.

The, USTTI also strives to honor women who champion progress in the ICT industry. Last year the USTTI recognized Ms. Malalai Hiela Safi and Ms. Ogai Ahmadi from Afghanistan as the USTTI's 7000th and 7001st graduates. In previous years we have recognized Ms. Thelma Kuzwayo from South Africa as the USTTI's 6000th graduate; Ms. Banzragch Luvsanchimed from Mongolia as the USTTI's 5000th graduate; and Ms. Violeta Baubliene from Lithuania as the USTTI's 4000th graduate.

To help the USTTI achieve its goal of equal female and male participation in our tuition-free training courses we encourage qualified women to apply for our remaining training this year.

Successful January Web Forum
On January 30th, Ambassador Michael Gardner and the Curriculum Coordinators hosted an on-line forum that included questions regarding the application, funding, and training processes from individuals in over twenty nations across the world. These web forums provide the USTTI staff with insight into the concerns faced by our participants when applying for training and advice on the areas where USTTI could expand its training opportunities. To view previous web forums visit the forums page on the USTTI web site.

Bulgarian e-Government Delegation Visit
In March, the USTTI welcomed a delegation of ten Bulgarian Government officials instrumental in the usage of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) as a means to provide e-Government services to the people of Bulgaria. The delegation's visit to the USTTI was part of a week-long training seminar funded by the United States Trade and Development Agency . Leading the delegation was Mr. Angel Ivanov, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of State Administration. During their visit to the USTTI, the delegation provided a brief overview on the status of e-Government services in Bulgaria and met with USTTI Chairman Michael R. Gardner and USTTI Curriculum Coordinators to discuss upcoming USTTI training programs focused on e-Government.

OAS/CITEL Fellowships
The USTTI is happy to once again welcome scholars funded by the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) of the Organization of American States (OAS) . The first two CITEL scholars of 2006 participated in “Spectrum Management in the Civil Sector” sponsored by the Federal Communications Commission and Comsearch . CITEL has also identified the USTTI's Emergency Communications sequence as a priority for participants from the OAS. The funding support provided by CITEL plays a vital role in increasing the USTTI's training outreach to countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

TDA Oman Conference
Curriculum Coordinator Francesca Tripodi will represent the USTTI at the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) Conference in Muscat, Oman next month. Scheduled for May 14-16, this conference will focus on ICT capacity building throughout the Middle East and North African Region (MENA). More than 175 industry and government leaders, involved with telecommunications and IT deployment within their own countries, are expected to attend. During the conference the USTTI will present a concentrated overview of its goals and its diverse 2006 curriculum in an effort to increase participant awareness throughout the MENA region. For more information about this conference visit the conference web site . This site includes the conference agenda, a list of delegates scheduled to attend, and details on registration.

USTTI Scholar Update
Over the past 23 years, the USTTI has graduated over 7,000 women and men who are working today to bring modern communications to their fellow countrymen in 164 developing countries. We hope that the training scholars received through the USTTI has helped them further their career aspirations, while also enacting positive changes in both their community and workplace. Promoting the free exchange of ideas and experiences with professionals from the United States and around the world is a critical component of USTTI training.

To maintain connections that were formed during USTTI training, we would like to share our participants' successes stories with potential applicants, fellow graduates, and our volunteer trainers. The staff at USTTI requests our alumni to please send any updates concerning promotions, awards, recent initiatives, career changes, address changes, or new birth and marriage announcements to the USTTI at mobile@ustti.org.

Numbers Update
The USTTI has received a strong interest in its 86-course curriculum early in the 2006 training year. To date, we have received over 7,000 applications from 133 developing countries. We are excited by the strength of our applicant pool and look forward to an increasing number of applications throughout the year. Due to time-sensitive visa restraints, those interested in USTTI training should submit their application at least 16 weeks prior to the orientation date of the desired courses .

Memorial Day
The USTTI will be closed on Monday May 29, 2006 to honor Memorial Day. Formerly know as Decoration Day, this U.S. holiday began in 1866 to commemorate Union Soldiers who died in the American Civil War. After World War I the holiday became known as Memorial Day and was expanded to include those who died in any war or military action involving U.S. soldiers. Today, families and friends of those who died while serving in the military use this holiday to attend special church services or ceremonies held at war memorials around the country. In addition to being a day of remembrance, Memorial Day also serves as the unofficial start of summer in the United States and is a time for picnics, family get-togethers, and sporting events.

 

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