A major challenge for school districts today is keeping up with rapidly changing technology as budgets continue to tighten. One option available to schools to help them bridge the financial gap is to apply for discounts through the Federal governments Universal Service Fund for Schools and Libraries, better known as “E-Rate.” Through this program, schools can receive funding for 20-90% of their costs for telecommunications services, Internet access, and internal connections equipment such as routers, switches, and wireless access points. Unfortunately, the process to obtain these funds is complex and time consuming. Many districts simply don’t have the resources to devote to the effort.
This engagement is designed to provide schools and districts the knowledge base and support necessary to guide them confidently through the E-Rate process and develop a roadmap for leveraging the program in future years. The Comprehensive E-Rate Coaching Engagement will educate key district personnel, utilizing a combination of webinars and one-on-one support to ensure your application is on track throughout each step of the E-Rate process. While specifically designed for schools that have struggled with or have not filed for E-Rate in past years, it can also be a very cost effective way to train staff new to the E-Rate process.
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