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April Update
April 1, 2009

First Training Sequence Kick’s Off
Eighteen women and men from Algeria, Barbados, Ghana, Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria, Paraguay, Saudi Arabia, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Uganda are currently attending the USTTI’s first training sequence of 2009. These officials are participating in the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) “Radio Frequency Spectrum Management” course, which concludes on April 10 and is the first of four courses in our six week sequence devoted to Spectrum Management. During the two weeks with NTIA, they will engage in discussions about the various elements required to plan, organize, manage and control an effective spectrum management agency.

Over the next eight weeks, an additional 23 courses will take place addressing the following topics: Internet Governance, Distance Learning, Internet Technology and Radio and Television Broadcast Techniques.

Applications Update
To date, USTTI’s 97 tuition-free course curriculum has received 7,867 applications from women and men in 110 developing countries. While the first trimester courses are just getting under way, trainers for USTTI’s second trimester courses have already begun reviewing applications for their upcoming sessions. If you are interested in participating in USTTI’s "e-Government,” “Radio and Television Broadcast Technology,” “Management Training,” “Telecom/IT Policy and Regulation,” or “Wireless Communications” sequences, please be sure to complete your online application immediately. To ensure that your application maximizes the possibility of being selected, we strongly urge that you fully complete the entire application – paying particular attention to the “Applicant Training Goals” and “Current Positions and Professional Experience” sections. We hope to see you in USTTI training this year!

The National Cherry Blossom Festival
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual two-weeklong celebration held each spring in Washington, D.C. The festival commemorates the gift of Japanese cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC on March 27, 1912. While originally gifted to enhance and celebrate the growing friendship between Japan and the United States, many Washingtonians now celebrate their blooms as a time honored tradition of winter’s end and spring’s beginning. Today, more than 700,000 people attend the festival, enjoying the magnificent fragrance and beauty of the cherry blossoms, cultural performances and dances, kimono fashion shows, and even a rugby union tournament.

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

Rodelio T. Cipres (Philippines), 2004 alumnus, is now working at "Saudi Aramco" (KSA) as a Sr. Inspector for Communication.

Muhammad Yakoob (Pakistan), 2005 alumnus, was working as an Engineer when he attended USTTI training and has since worked as Project Manager for both Consisel and Ericsson. Currently he has been promoted to Project Director with Augere Pakistan.

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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