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March Update
March 6, 2009

First trimester approaches and applications continue to pour into USTTI
To date, USTTI’s 2009 course curriculum has already received 6,967 applications from communications officials and engineers in 104 developing countries. Later this month our bedrock training sequence, “Spectrum Management,” will kick off. Additionally, applications are currently being reviewed for popular second and third trimester training sequences in Wireless Communications, e-Government, ICT Policymaking, Management Training, Satellite Communications, Internet Technology, Telehealth and Emergency Communications. Please remember that due to time-sensitive visa requirements, you should submit applications as soon as possible. Also, when you are applying for training, it is very important to completely fill out the USTTI Training application, paying particular attention to the applicant training goals and experience sections.

Charlie in Detroit
Mr. Charles Ssebbale of the African Broadcasting (U)Limited Corporation in Uganda became USTTI’s first graduate of 2009 following the completion of “Introduction to US Commercial Television Broadcasting” sponsored by USTTI’s newest training sponsor WJBK Fox 2 in Detroit, MI, whose parent company, News Corporation, serves as a member of the USTTI Board of Directors. Charlie was welcomed with open arms by the entire WJBK team and was even featured during their evening news telecast about the advanced hands on television broadcast training he was receiving, in addition to his complete introduction to the tastes and sites of Detroit.

DISCOP Africa 2009 Recap
USTTI Curriculum Director Brian T. McCloskey attended the DISCOP Africa 2009 Conference in Dakar, Senegal, February 25 – 27, 2009. At the conference, Mr. McCloskey briefed programming, acquisitions, production, distribution and advertising executives on the Broadcast training opportunities offered by USTTI that can help them implement creative and innovative solutions to enhance the development of television broadcasting throughout Africa.

Let the MADNESS Begin...
Do not worry we are not referring to the beginning of USTTI’s first trimester but rather to the US sports tradition known as March Madness. Every year in March the 65 best college basketball teams are selected to compete in a single elimination tournament that will crown the year’s champion. On Sunday, March 15 – “Selection Sunday” – the 65 teams that will compete for the National Championship will be chosen and offices everywhere, including the USTTI, will begin making their predictions and compete in friendly pools that will end with the final game on Monday, April 6th.

Alumni Update:
USTTI is proud to highlight some of the professional success stories from our alumni in our monthly updates:

Hera John (Papua New Guinea), 2007 alumnus, has been appointed as the Project Manager for the Country's eGovernment Project - the Intergrated Government Information System (IGIS) Project.

Kaanga Mwiinga (Zambia), was promoted to the position of Assistant Network Manager in his region for Realtime Zambia, an Internet and Communications Service Provider.

Congratulations to our alumni for their recent successes. Please continue to keep us updated on how USTTI’s tuition-free training helped your career progress by sending any career updates to USTTI Curriculum Coordinator, Ann Shikany, at ashikany@ustti.org


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