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Tribal Training

USAC created the Tribal Training initiative to help Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program applicants on Tribal lands participate effectively in the E-rate Program. Our goal is to reduce the digital divide and promote high-speed broadband connectivity to Tribal schools and libraries.

Members of the E-rate Program staff are available to help Tribal applicants navigate the program, assist with solving and preventing funding issues, answer questions, provide training materials and guidance, and more.

Monthly Call

The E-rate Program hosts a monthly call for Tribal E-rate Program applicants. The monthly call is a chance for prospective E-rate Program applicants to engage with the E-rate team to discuss special topics, share program updates, and ask any questions.

Monthly calls are generally held at 4:00 p.m. ET on the second Tuesday of each month. Any schedule changes will be noted below. Contact the USAC Tribal Liaison for the call-in information and agenda.

2020 Q3 Schedule

  • July 14, 2020
  • August 11, 2020 (Watch a Recording)
  • September 15, 2020 (New Rescheduled Date)

Live Trainings

USAC hosts a variety of free live training events. This section has information on upcoming trainings. If you have questions, please contact us.

Virtual E-rate Information Series for Tribal Applicants

During the virtual information session, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the E-rate Program, discuss best practices with experienced Tribal entities, and have questions answered by the USAC staff.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about the event. You can add a calendar reminder from the registration confirmation page or event confirmation email by clicking “Add to Calendar.”

All sessions will be recorded and closed to the press. No cost is associated with attendance at this virtual series or any USAC E-rate Training.

Session 1: The E-rate Program Information Overview for Tribal Schools and Tribal Libraries

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
3:00 p.m. ET
Watch a Recording

Recommended for: Prospective E-rate applicants and E-rate participants of all experience levels

USAC Moderator: Kraynal Alfred, USAC Tribal Liaison
USAC Presenter: John Noran, Senior Program Manager, USAC E-rate Program

Overview
In this session, USAC will present an overview of the E-rate Program. We will cover general topics, such as the application process, the competitive bidding requirements, important program terms, eligibility, and program discounts. Additionally, we will review specific items of interest to Tribal participants, including the Tribal designation box in the E-rate Productivity (EPC) entity profile, and State/Tribal matching funds.

Session 2: Best E-rate Practices Shared by Tribal Schools
(A Community-Led Discussion)

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
3:00 p.m. ET
Watch a Recording

Recommended for: Prospective E-rate applicants and current E-rate participants of all experience levels

Guest Moderator: Kara Bobroff, A Professional in Native Education
USAC Representatives: John Noran, Senior Program Manager, USAC E-rate Program; and Kraynal Alfred, USAC Tribal Liaison

Overview
During this session, Tribal schools will have the opportunity to discuss key E-rate topics, issues, challenges, and practical solutions. USAC will also provide a brief overview of the competitive bidding rules. Be prepared to ask questions or to share practical advice important for successful participation in the program–this is your chance to crowdsource solutions to E-rate issues!

Note: The USAC Team will be on hand during the call, but will address frequently asked questions and concerns about the E-rate application process during Session 4: FAQ Session for Tribal Schools and Libraries with the USAC E-rate Team. USAC does not endorse any products or services that happen to be mentioned during the discussion.

In advance of this session, please email suggested topics to tribaltraining@usac.org.

Session 3: Best E-rate Practices Shared by Tribal Libraries
(A Community-Led Discussion)

Thursday, August 6, 2020
3:00 p.m. ET
Watch a Recording

Recommended for: Prospective E-rate applicants and current E-rate participants of all experience levels

Guest Moderator: Cindy Hohl, President, American Indian Library Association
USAC Representatives: John Noran, Senior Program Manager, USAC E-rate Program; and Kraynal Alfred, USAC Tribal Liaison

Overview
During this session, Tribal libraries will have the opportunity to discuss key topics, issues, challenges, and practical solutions with USAC and other program participants. USAC will also provide a brief overview of the competitive bidding rules. Be prepared to ask questions or to share practical advice important to successful participation in the program–this is your chance to crowdsource E-rate issues!

Note: The USAC Team will be on hand during the call, but will address frequently asked questions and concerns about the E-rate application process during Session 4: FAQ Session for Tribal Schools and Libraries with the USAC E-rate Team. USAC does not endorse any products or services that happen to be mentioned during the discussion.

In advance of this session, please email suggested topics to tribaltraining@usac.org.

Session 4: FAQ Session for Tribal Schools and Libraries with the USAC E-rate Team

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
4:00 p.m. ET
Watch a Recording

Recommended for: Prospective E-rate applicants and current E-rate participants of all experience levels

USAC Moderator: Kraynal Alfred, USAC Tribal Liaison
USAC Representatives: USAC E-rate Team

Overview
This session will be dedicated to answering the questions and concerns generated from the previous three sessions. Be sure to send in your questions beforehand so that the USAC Team can provide thoughtful responses during this session. If time allows, we will open the floor to participants to ask additional questions.

In advance of this session, you may email questions to tribaltraining@usac.org.

Tribal Training Webinars

FCC Form 471 DemoWatch a Recording

On February 27, 2020, USAC conducted a step-by-step demonstration of filing an FY2020 FCC Form 471. A question and answer session followed the demonstration.

Visit our Webinars page for upcoming events.

USAC Tribal Applicant Trainings

2020 Fall Schedule: TBD

Resources

Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact USAC Tribal Liaison, Kraynal Alfred.