Westcon Group Inc. said each of its divisions will be offering E-rate TeleTrack seminars. The seminars will be Nov. 7 and Nov. 9 and will cover all aspects of E-rate, the federal grant program that supplies Internet and telephony equipment to schools and libraries nationwide. The training precedes the opening of the E-rate application window, which begins Nov. 14 and continues through Feb. 7.
The E-rate program is significant for education-oriented resellers because when schools apply for technology grants each year, they must have a reseller name on each application. On approval of funding, the program pays the reseller directly.
Westcon Group’s TeleTrack series will educate resellers on the history of these grants, which product sets are eligible and how resellers can participate in a potentially lucrative opportunity. After the seminars, resellers will able to look up applications from participating schools in their selling area.
According to the schools and library division of the FCC, $2.25 billion in funds are allocated for the E-rate program each year, with more than 24,000 schools participating in the program.
“These TeleTracks are a great opportunity for resellers to gain tactical information on which schools are seeking networking and telephony solutions, and how to secure government funds on an expedited basis, said Ronald Sheps, vertical markets manager of Westcon Group.
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