Friday, April 26, 2013

DOL Announces the Availability of $474 Million in Grant Funding for Community Colleges and Higher Education Institutions

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL or the Department) announces the availability of approximately $474 million in grant funds to be awarded under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program.

The TAACCCT grant program provides community colleges and higher education institutions with funds to expand and improve their ability to deliver education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less, and are suited for workers who are eligible for training under the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for Workers.

The Department intends to fund four-year grants to develop new undergraduate education and career training program strategies or to replicate existing designs, program development methods, and/or delivery strategies that have established evidence of successful implementation.  The primary focus of this funding opportunity is to help TAA-eligible workers and other adults acquire the skills, degrees, and credentials needed for high-wage, high-skill employment while also meeting the needs of employers for skilled workers.

This year, there is a special focus on technologies that can enable education and training of these workers.  This includes skillful use of technology-enabled new, emergent models of online education and workforce training, such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs); prior learning assessments; and online and blended learning environments that allow larger numbers of workers to participate. Videoconferencing equipment, recording and streaming technology, as well as other technologies are eligible.

For more information, access the Full Announcement (pdf format).  The deadline is June 18 for single institution applications, and July 3 for consortium applications.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The VCI-Group Launches the Visual Collaboration Industry Sourcebook

The VCI-Group Launches the Visual Collaboration Industry Sourcebook

The VCI-Group has also been working hard to refresh and update their programs and resources to meet the needs of today's visual collaboration users. With this in mind, the VCI-Group has partnered with Telepresence Options to create the best third party, free, resource in the industry. The new VCI-Group Visual Collaboration Industry Sourcebook is a great start for those seeking to learn about the technology and organizations in this space.
The new Sourcebook features quick links to VCI-Group benefits and resources, including the new VCI-Group Membership Discount program. You can also sign up for the next VCI-GroupLive! session, or check out the archives to catch up on what you missed. As new programs come on-line from this revitalized organization, they will be immediately reflected in the Sourcebook.

In addition to the VCI-Group resources, the Sourcebook features a quick and easy categorization of the key industry segments. We ditched the laundry list of niche subcategories, in favor of keeping things simple for the reader. The categories and entries will continue to be regularly updated and altered as this quickly developing industry continues to evolve.

ContinueReading the rest of the story at Telepresence Options.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Integrating Desktop Video Into Your Organization


Date: Thursday, May 16th, 2013 - 1:00 PM ET
Topic: Integrating Desktop Video Into Your Organization
Register: Click here to register for this event
Description: Join us for a session discussing the use of desktop video within your organization. We will have panelists from a variety of verticals within the industry to share with us how they are utilizing desktop video in their environment today. We will also discuss what aspects of their implementation works well and what doesn't, from the planning to implement stage through to future plans.
This VCIG Live! event is
sponsored and hosted by:
Cisco Webex

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

VCIG-Live! Event – Videoconferencing: Technology and Market Trends April 18th.

VCIG-Live! Event – Videoconferencing:  Technology and Market Trends

The Visual Communications Industry Group (VCI-Group) will host the next VCIG-Live event on April 18th.  This FREEinteractive session will be available to participants through videoconferencing and streaming, and will focus on what’s hot and new in the visual communications industry.  You must register for this event in order to attend!

Expert panelists will discuss new products, services and market trends including hardware and software video endpoints, mobile video, and managed services.   

Panelists include:
·        Howard Lichtman, Founder and President, Human Productivity Lab
·        Eric Krapf, Editor for UMB TechWeb
·        Ira Weinstein, Senior Analyst and Partner with Wainhouse Research
·        JD Vaughn, Vice President of Sales, Vidtel and Event Moderator  

REGISTER NOW for this important and informative event!

The VCI-Group is the knowledge-sharing community comprised of 550+ end users and vendors focused on videoconferencing, telepresence, Unified Communications and/or collaborative technology.  VCI-Group provides education, training, learning programs and “hot-off-the-press” news and information to members.

To become a member of the VCI-Group, click here.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Compass Business Solutions Offers Valuable Training Discounts to VCI-Group Members.

Compass Business Solutions

Compass offers VCI-Group Members a 15% discount on training opportunities
 at their public VIVND and TVS courses and a 10% discount for all 
other courses including electronic end-user and operator training and
 Cisco router/switch, voice and collaboration courses. Sign-up for 
VCI-Group membership today! These discounts more than cover the cost of 
your membership, and provide you with training from the global leader of 
videoconferencing and telepresence product line training.

A VCI-Group Principal Membership includes special rates on VCI-Group 
events and selected industry activities that more than pay for your annual membership! 
Discount and offers from cloud services, training, analyst reports and research, 
conferencing organizations, equipment vendors, and service providers.  If you're 
not already a VCI-Group member apply now! If you're already a VCI-Group Member
click here to view instructions on how to take advantage of these incredible offers.

Today’s leading edge industry leaders generously offer these member benefits 
and promotions to you. In addition to being eligible for these valuable discounts 
and promotions, you enjoy the advantage of  being kept abreast of what you NEED 
to know in this ever changing industry of visual communications and collaboration.  
You will also be introduced to new and emerging companies and platforms to help 
you and your organization deploy and implement the latest advancements.

VCIG Live! April 18th Review of 2013 Products and Services – What You Should be Watching For This Year

VCIG Live! virtual sessions are designed to educate our community on a variety of topics related to visual communications strategy, operations, technology, and more. Some of our sessions are also geared toward topics of interest to our Special Interest Groups (SIGs) for education, health care, and others.

If you are currently not a member of VCI-Group you may qualify to become an Associate Member of VCI-Group free for one year and see what we have to offer.
VCIG Live! RegistrationMembership InformationSuggest TopicsVCIG Live! Archives

Upcoming Sessions

Date: Thursday, April 18th, 2013 - 1:00 PM ET
Topic: Review of 2013 Products and Services – What You Should be Watching For This Year
RegisterClick here to register for this event

Howard Lichtman
Human Productivity Lab, Founder and President

Eric Krapf
UBM TechWeb, Editor

Ira Weinstein
Wainhouse Research, Sr. Analyst, Consultant, and Partner

JD Vaughn
Host - Former talk show host and industry veteran
Description: Join our distinguished panelists as they review recent product and service announcements from key industry vendors. Find out what’s hot and what’s new in the visual communications and UC space. This session will also focus on current and expected industry trends related to key topics including hardware and software video endpoints, mobile video, WebRTC and managed services. This session is produced by the VCI-Group Education Committee and will be a live videoconferencing interactive and streaming event. Registration is free to VCI-Group members and guests alike using the link above. The session will be recorded for future delivery as well.

Monday, April 1, 2013

April 2013 VCI-Group President’s Message

April 2013 VCI-Group President’s Message

Our (VCI-Group’s) responsibility to YOU as our members is to provide you with information regarding what is happening in the industry, to make you aware of the companies that are “best in breed” and to make you aware of any discounts we have negotiated.

I urge you to go to the VCI-Group website ( to review the promotions and discounts we have negotiated for you; they range from equipment purchases to educational opportunities.  These offerings will continue to grow and we will make them available to you through email messages and our newsletter.  However, you should visit the website periodically to see what has been added. 

I also, encourage you to participate in the webinars that we are hosting.  Our WebRTC webinar was well attended and received. Many of you have requested additional information on how to build, implement and deploy.  In the near future, we will offer accredited training sessions on WebRTC, BYOD and many more topics in conjunction with one of our Alliance Partners.  You will be able to train at a time that is convenient to you and without having to leave your home or office.

In addition to our monthly VCIG Live! webinars our Special Interest Groups (SIGs) have begun to meet.  The first was the Healthcare SIG and coming in April is our Distance Learning SIG.  Each of these sessions will have a Chairperson and agenda topics to guide the conversation. They will be recorded and posted for you to view at your leisure.

Other new items include two spotlights; the first will be a webinar from a member of our Circle of Leadership who will discuss a particular product or service and the second will be a newsletter article which will highlight a VCI-Group Member offering  an opportunity to see the exciting things that some of our peers are doing. 

Another new program soon to be introduced is an Emerging Technologies Corner webinar initiated as a result of the vast number of new  companies entering our industry in just the past few months.  You will hear about new products and services and determine for yourself if they could add value in your organization.

To keep abreast of all that we are doing and what is available to you visit the VCI-Group website, on a regular basis.