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					                        Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
               Public Computer Centers Program – Sustainable Adoption Program
 Submitted Date:             Easygrants ID: 3248
 Funding Opportunity: Public Computer          Applicant Organization: El Paso Community
 Centers and Sustainable Broadband Adoption    College
 Task: Submit Application - Non-Infrastructure
                                                 Applicant Name: Ms. Fabiola NMN Rubio
 Programs




                                   Table of Contents
A. General Application Information

B. Eligibility Factors

C. Executive Summary

D. Project Purpose

E. Project Benefits

  E-1 - Expanding Broadband Public Computer Center Capacity
  E-2 - Project Benefits – Sustainable BroadBand Adoption

F. Project Viability

G. Project Budget & Sustainability

H. DOC Environmental Checklist

I. Compliance and Certification

J. Uploads




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                            Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
                   Public Computer Centers Program – Sustainable Adoption Program
 Submitted Date:             Easygrants ID: 3248
 Funding Opportunity: Public Computer          Applicant Organization: El Paso Community
 Centers and Sustainable Broadband Adoption    College
 Task: Submit Application - Non-Infrastructure
                                                    Applicant Name: Ms. Fabiola NMN Rubio
 Programs




A. General Application Information
1. Applicant Information
1-A. Name, Address, and Federal ID for Applicant
i. Legal Name:                     El Paso Community College
ii. Employer/Taxpayer              741690850
Identification Number (EIN/TIN):
Street 1:                          P.O. Box 20500
Street 2:
City:                              El Paso
County:                            El Paso
State:                             TX
Country                            United States
                                   79998-0500
Zip/Postal Code:


1-B. Name and Contact Information of Person to be Contacted on Matters Involving this
Application:
Prefix:                            Ms.

First Name:                        Fabiola

Middle Name:                       NMN

Last Name:                         Rubio

Suffix:

Telephone Number:                  915-831-6392

Fax Number:

Email:                             frubio10@epcc.edu

Title:                             Chief Information Officer

1-C. Other Required Identification Numbers


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                           Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
                  Public Computer Centers Program – Sustainable Adoption Program
 Submitted Date:             Easygrants ID: 3248
 Funding Opportunity: Public Computer          Applicant Organization: El Paso Community
 Centers and Sustainable Broadband Adoption    College
 Task: Submit Application - Non-Infrastructure
                                                       Applicant Name: Ms. Fabiola NMN Rubio
 Programs



i. Organizational DUNS:                 030160782
ii. CCR # (CAGE):                       1PCQ0
iii. Funding Opportunity Number:        2
iv. Catalog of Federal Domestic         BTOP CFDA Number: 11.557
Assistance Number:                      BTOP CFDA Title: Broadband Technology Opportunities Program




1-D. Organization Classification

Political subdivision of a State, including Local or County Government


1-E. Applicant Federal Debt Delinquency Explanation
Is the Applicant Delinquent On Any Federal Debt?
No

Federal debt delinquency Explanation:



1-F. Congressional Districts of:
Applicant: Texas - 16

Program/Project
Texas - 16

Texas - 23



2. Project Title and Project Description

2-A. Project Title : Digital El Paso Sustainability

2-B. Project Description: This project will provide a comprehensive menu of services, including
refurbished PCs, PC loan/purchases, marketing/outreach, a community portal, computer literacy

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                           Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
                  Public Computer Centers Program – Sustainable Adoption Program
 Submitted Date:             Easygrants ID: 3248
 Funding Opportunity: Public Computer          Applicant Organization: El Paso Community
 Centers and Sustainable Broadband Adoption    College
 Task: Submit Application - Non-Infrastructure
                                                         Applicant Name: Ms. Fabiola NMN Rubio
 Programs



training, workforce development and training, technology counseling, and small business training.
These services complement El Paso's BTOP Track 1 & 2 requests.

3. Project Type

Classify the particular project type for which you are seeking federal funding.

Project Type: Sustainable Broadband Adoption

Project ID: 2

4. Application ID for Multiple Submissions for Identified Service Areas


5. Estimated Funding ($):

Estimated Funding ($):
Federal                    7,880,798

Applicant                  1,683,659

State
Local
Other
Program Income
Total                      9,564,457


B. Eligibility Factors

6. Eligibility Factors.
The application must be completed fully, and all required supplemental documentation must be
attached.



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                           Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
                  Public Computer Centers Program – Sustainable Adoption Program
 Submitted Date:             Easygrants ID: 3248
 Funding Opportunity: Public Computer          Applicant Organization: El Paso Community
 Centers and Sustainable Broadband Adoption    College
 Task: Submit Application - Non-Infrastructure
                                                          Applicant Name: Ms. Fabiola NMN Rubio
 Programs



Applicants must commit to substantially completing their Project (as defined in the NOFA) within
two years of the award date, and completing the Project within three years of the award date.


Applicants must credibly demonstrate that their Project advances at least one of the five statutory
purposes for BTOP.


Applicants must demonstrate that but for Federal funding they would not have been able to
complete their project during the grant period.


The budget for the project must be reasonable and all costs must be eligible.




6-d. Applicant is providing matching funds of at least 20 percent towards to the total eligible project costs or is
requesting a waiver of the matching requirments.
Yes

Matching Fund Waiver Request Explanation




C. Executive Summary

7. Executive Summary of Overall Proposal:
    a) Problem Addressed - The City of El Paso is located in El Paso County, TX, the county
seat. El Paso is the 6th largest city in Texas, 22ndt largest city in the United States and the
largest US city on the 2,000 mile US/Mexico border. According to the US Census Bureau
American Community Survey Profile 2005:
•       El Paso County is the 3rd poorest large county in the US, City of El Paso, 4th poorest
city
•       26% of families are living below poverty level vs 14.2% in TX, 10.2% in the US.
•       The population of E Paso County is 708,319, about 81.7% are Hispanic –
Mexican/American
•       Median household income is $32, vs $44,000 in TX and $48,000 in the US
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                        Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
               Public Computer Centers Program – Sustainable Adoption Program
Submitted Date:             Easygrants ID: 3248
Funding Opportunity: Public Computer          Applicant Organization: El Paso Community
Centers and Sustainable Broadband Adoption    College
Task: Submit Application - Non-Infrastructure
                                                Applicant Name: Ms. Fabiola NMN Rubio
Programs



•       76% of the population, over the age of 5 speaks a language other than English at home
Broadband adoption rates in El Paso have been historically low. The IPED survey using
telephone call methodology reported that of 609 residents polled, 56.9% listed cost as a reason
they did not have a home PC connected to the Internet, and 71.6% used dial-up Internet access.
We did 2,268 face to face surveys to supplement the IPED study, to include Colonias . These
areas are considered below the poverty level with the median income being $25,275. Survey
results show that 80% do not have PCs connected to the Internet at home, 63% would like to
have an Internet connected PC at home, 57% are interested in free training and 56% are
interested in a refurbished PC. They are willing to pay an average of $15 per month for
Internet access and $15 per month for a PC. This clearly shows that access and cost of Internet
service and PCs and lack of training are significant barriers to entry.

b)      Overall approach to addressing the need and our innovative approach - EPCC is a key
part of the Digital El Paso Pilot (Pilot). Launched in Nov 2007, the Pilot provides free wireless
Internet access to about 5,000 previously unserved residents in a 3 sq mile area of downtown El
Paso, in the 79901 zip code, the 2nd poorest zip code in the US. The goal was to understand
broadband adoption and benefits. The programs developed to support the Digital El Paso Pilot
are the foundation for our plan. This innovative plan expands and enhances established
programs includes collaboration with key community partners to provide the following services
to support and drive broadband adoption:
1)      Orion 501 (c)3 is a Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher (MAR) EPCC students refurbish
PCs, load MS OS/office suite, add a wireless card and recycle PCs to be used by the
community.
2)      Refurbished PCs tied to completion of computer literacy training are offered as loaners
to the community.
3)      Tech Counseling Service will provide the community with a knowledgeable advisor to
help them understand how to buy the best fit PC, based on the intended use and their budget.
4)      Technology Empowerment Program (TEP) ties PC loan/purchases to to completion of
financial literacy training for individuals who qualify under federal poverty guidelines and
meet credit worthiness, using the El Paso Collaborative for Community & Economic
Development Funding Institution (CDFI) revolving loan fund.
5)      www.digitalelpaso.com connects users to a community Intranet with local content,
resources, and services with links to national and global content and resources. Content
includes diet, wellness, and access to healthcare and will be provided in Spanish/English.
EPCC Student Technology Services (STS) will provide help desk and tech support in

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                        Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
               Public Computer Centers Program – Sustainable Adoption Program
 Submitted Date:             Easygrants ID: 3248
 Funding Opportunity: Public Computer          Applicant Organization: El Paso Community
 Centers and Sustainable Broadband Adoption    College
 Task: Submit Application - Non-Infrastructure
                                                 Applicant Name: Ms. Fabiola NMN Rubio
 Programs



Spanish/English.
6)      Community Training Centers will provide credit and non-credit training and
certifications for high tech, high skill and green jobs. The addition of high quality video
conferencing will create virtual communities between geographically dispersed El Paso
locations. Existing training centers at key partner locations will provide additional access
points for all citizens.
7)      Marketing and Outreach will use all services described above as channels to deliver
Digital El Paso print and media messaging.
8)      Content created by EPCC will be developed and offered online to train workforce for
21st Century high-tech, high- skill and Green jobs. Tuition assistance will be offered.

c)      Area(s) to be served/Population Demographics - This project will serve El Paso City
and County, a combined population of nearly 750,000, expected to increase to 850,000 by 2012
with the expansion of nearby Ft. Bliss. El Paso’s population is approximately 80% Hispanic,
with a per capita income of $19,186. We believe that because we are leveraging and
expanding proven programs, we can quickly find routes to market and serve households and
small businesses with our plan. Our target areas are the communities surrounding 6 EPCC
Campus sites, 5 Upper Rio Grande Workforce Solutions sites, 5 HACEP, 78 Colonias in 11
unincorporated communities, , Federal Empowerment zones located within El Paso County,
and the Tigua Tribal Business Center. Our wireless Internet access will provide mobility
access for fire, police, sheriffs, emergency responders, and homeland security.

d)      Qualifications of the Applicant – El Paso Community College (EPCC) has
demonstrated leadership in technology adoption and the infrastructure, capacity, experience,
and expertise to provide program support and reporting to gauge progress. The experience
gained with the Digital El Paso Pilot and the community partnerships that EPCC brings to the
table provide the solid support needed to drive broadband adoption and sustain programs that
will leverage community resources to bring El Paso into the 21st Century.

e)     Jobs to be saved or created – estimated 61 FTE Direct; as workforce programs ramp up
we will expect indirect job creation for % increase in broadband adpotion.

f)     Overall cost of the proposed project – $9,564,457 ($7,880,798 + $1,683,659 Match)



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                        Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
               Public Computer Centers Program – Sustainable Adoption Program
Submitted Date:             Easygrants ID: 3248
Funding Opportunity: Public Computer          Applicant Organization: El Paso Community
Centers and Sustainable Broadband Adoption    College
Task: Submit Application - Non-Infrastructure
                                                Applicant Name: Ms. Fabiola NMN Rubio
Programs



D. Project Purpose

Project Purpose: Recovery Act & BTOP Objectives


8. Project Purpose
     The City of El Paso is ranked the fourth-poorest city among U.S. cities with population of
250,000 or more and El Paso County has the 3rd highest poverty rate in the U.S. for a county
of its size. The Digital El Paso face to face surveys of 2,268 of El Paso’s most vulnerable
citizens showed that The County of El Paso lags behind the U.S. in computer ownership and
Internet access. Barriers to broadband adoption include low income and education.

The implications of this digital divide are dramatic. A growing number of national experts
predict that a lack of digital literacy will have a dampening impact on economic prospects.
According to Nov 2005 Monthly Labor Review Online, in the next 8 years, 6 out of every 10
new jobs will be in professional and service-related occupations requiring a basic level of
computer proficiency. El Paso needs programs to create, grow, and sustain a local workforce. .

As the government works to improve productivity by leveraging the Internet, the digital divide
for El Paso will grow exponentially unless we intervene. Our large number of families living
under federal poverty guidelines, soldiers, veterans, and seniors need to apply for benefits
online. Parents need to use the Internet to enroll in Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Local computer labs at community centers, libraries and El Paso Community College have
long wait lines as people struggle to go online to apply for services, without the proper training
or understanding of basic Internet security elements like selecting strong passwords.

In November 2007, the City of El Paso, collaborated with El Paso County, the El Paso
Independent School District (EPISD), and the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso
(HACEP), to launch the Digital El Paso Pilot. The Pilot provided the City and County the
ability to gather critical usage and adoption rate information required to understand the
feasibility of a citywide wireless build out. It included the Centro Familar Salud La Fe
community-based training center with PCs refurbished by El Paso Community College
students. Families who participated in the program took PC loaners home upon successful
completion of 40 hours of computer literacy training. This gave us an understanding of how to

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                        Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
               Public Computer Centers Program – Sustainable Adoption Program
Submitted Date:             Easygrants ID: 3248
Funding Opportunity: Public Computer          Applicant Organization: El Paso Community
Centers and Sustainable Broadband Adoption    College
Task: Submit Application - Non-Infrastructure
                                                Applicant Name: Ms. Fabiola NMN Rubio
Programs



define social inclusion programs to sustain broadband adoption in the 2nd poorest zip code in
the U.S In Sep 2008 we used the Pilot area to test wireless IP video cameras and school
crosswalk flashers tied to an IP traffic management system. We did this to understand the
potential of using City/County government as an “anchor tenant” to fund the network build-
out. .

El Paso is now ready to implement the Pilot countywide. We have written our request to
complement the Digital El Paso Infrastructure and the Public Computer Center BTOP
proposals. This collaboration represents the best chance for all of El Paso to participate in the
global economy. As the U.S. resets to a new of the 21st century economy, it is critical that El
Paso works to transform its community to participate in the knowledge-based workforce.

In April of 2009 the Mayor of the City of Mobile, AL sent a group to learn about the Digital El
Paso Pilot. We shared our lessons learned about the power of collaboration, the initial cost of
building out the wireless network and recurring maintenance, and the success of the
refurbished PC and PC loan/purchase programs and community-base training. As a result, they
were able to replicate the model in about 2 months. Digital El Paso is a highly replicable
model.

Digital El Paso will use Wi-Fi broadband that the Digital El Paso BTOP is requesting to
provide broadband education, awareness, training, access, equipment, and support to
community anchor institutions, job-creating strategic facilities, underserved, and unserved
areas and vulnerable populations, such as Colonias. Job-creating programs are an extension of
El Paso Community College (EPCC) programs. As the anchor tenant EPCC, together with
other strategic partners will use the broadband to be built out by the BTOP infrastructure
project to stimulate demand for broadband county-wide.All EPCC and partner sites will
become community wireless hotspots serving adjacent communities. These communities need
a lighthouse to guide them through the process of becoming technology literate, engage them
and encourage them to continue their education.

El Paso is the largest U.S. city on the 2,000 mile U.S./Mexico Border. El Paso County
emergency responders and public safety agencies are responsible for serving 1,013 square
miles. This introduces the need for multi-jurisdictional communication and inter-agency
collaboration that is unique. Ft. Bliss growth inserts an additional homeland security risk as
troops are staged for deployment in war zones. El Paso Community College includes the Law

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                        Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
               Public Computer Centers Program – Sustainable Adoption Program
Submitted Date:             Easygrants ID: 3248
Funding Opportunity: Public Computer          Applicant Organization: El Paso Community
Centers and Sustainable Broadband Adoption    College
Task: Submit Application - Non-Infrastructure
                                                Applicant Name: Ms. Fabiola NMN Rubio
Programs



Enforcement Training Academy that serves the El Paso area and West Texas Region with
security and law enforcement training. This Academy is host to local, regional and federal law
enforcement agencies. The sustainability goal is to serve the entire county in tandem with the
BTOP infrastructure requests. We plan to improve access to and use of broadband by public
safety agencies by our emergency responders and law enforcement by allowing access from all
El Paso Community College and partner sites.

In 2007 the Digital El Paso Pilot received the Texas Association of Government IT Manager’s
First President’s award for the “Best Collaborative Project in the State of Texas.” The Digital
El Paso Pilot is our foundation and leveraging existing programs ensures will support all 5 of
the BTOP statutory purposes to stimulate demand for broadband and sustain demand by
providing critical support programs.

9. Recovery Act and Other Governmental Collaboration.
    El Paso Community College (EPCC) is actively engaged with many federal and state
developmental programs. As Digital El Paso Pilot programs are expanded to support
sustainable broadband adoption, EPCC programs will be enhanced to add more education and
workforce training. Below is a list of dollars invested to date that will be leveraged:
1)      $886,700 local dollars have been invested in the Digital El Paso Pilot and will be
leveraged:
a)      $300,000 State Funding hardware and software, maintenance, services and
www.digtitalelpaso.com web portal development funded by the City, County, El Paso
Independent School District, and Housing Authority of the City of El Paso collaboration
b)      $200,000, salaries for time spent to develop programs to sustain and grow broadband
adoption, and monthly meetings to monitor progress
c)      $300,000, salaries, transportation (pick up and drop off donated PCs), and parts for
EPCC students to refurbish loaner PCs
d)      $86,700, El Paso Collaborative for Community & Economic Development fo CDFI-
backed revolving loans for the new PCs loan/purchase program
2)      $300,000 State, Local, Fed. Hotspots will be leveraged using existing El Paso
Community College, Workforce Solutions-Upper Rio Grande, and Housing Authority of the
City of El Paso facilities.
3)      $510,000 EPCC Institutional Funds. EPCC TVs Mature Senior Living is just one of the
many programs offered by EPCC-TV/KCOS PBS, viewership that exceeds over 100,000.
4)      $250,000 State, Fed. EPCC will expand their online course offerings to reach a broad

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                        Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
               Public Computer Centers Program – Sustainable Adoption Program
Submitted Date:             Easygrants ID: 3248
Funding Opportunity: Public Computer          Applicant Organization: El Paso Community
Centers and Sustainable Broadband Adoption    College
Task: Submit Application - Non-Infrastructure
                                                Applicant Name: Ms. Fabiola NMN Rubio
Programs



community in tandem with Workforce Solutions – Upper Rio Grande and Housing Authority
of the City of El Paso, to provide more targeted programs for workforce development.
5)      $150,000 Fed. Small Business Administration funds the EPCC Small Business
Development Center. This center will offer 28 Small Business Development On-Line Courses.
The SBDC and the Contract Opportunities Center (COC are actively recruiting and working
with 8(a) business clients. Principal gains in project efficiencies are derived from free usage of
the Online Business Development Courses.
6)      $150,000 DOD funding. The Department of Defense, Defense Logistics Agency funded
EPCC Contract Opportunities Center (COC) gives entrepreneurs valuable information about
using contracting opportunities and technical assistance services will be available online.
The El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will be receiving $150,000 in funding for
business services in the Empowerment Zone. We are in preliminary discussions with the
Chamber to implement a business PC loan/purchase program similar to the one developed by
the El Paso Collaborative for Community and economic development.

Digital El Paso collaboration and cost sharing to meet shared community goals brings greater
efficiencies and seamless service delivery to our community.


10. Enhanced Services for Health Care Delivery, Education, and Children
    Digital El Paso will deliver a menu of free non-credit classes for healthcare delivery,
Education, and children, including the following course titles. Sections marked with ** are all
new online training/education courses that will be added when this award is funded.

**Advanced Technology Center
      Building Energy Efficiency
      Home Energy Analyst
      Fundamentals of Solar Water Heating
      Green Build Technical Professional
      Photovoltaic Sys Design & Installation
      Weatherization Energy Auditor
      Green Purchasing Fundamentals
      Green Building for Contractors
      Energy Auditing Software Training
      Sustainable Bldg Sys (GREENGUIDE)

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                       Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
              Public Computer Centers Program – Sustainable Adoption Program
Submitted Date:             Easygrants ID: 3248
Funding Opportunity: Public Computer          Applicant Organization: El Paso Community
Centers and Sustainable Broadband Adoption    College
Task: Submit Application - Non-Infrastructure
                                                Applicant Name: Ms. Fabiola NMN Rubio
Programs



        Lean Manufacturing
        Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate
        Six Sigma Black Belt (ASO) Certificate
        HVAC Technician Fundamentals (RSES)
**Tele Health
        Health Overview
        Handwashing to Prevent Infection
        Diabetes Education
        Health Literacy
**Children
        Cake Decoration
        Young Artist Workshop
**Public Safety
        Basic County Corrections
        Intermediate Child Abuse
        Intermediate Crime Scene
        Intermediate Arrest, Search & Seizure
Intermediate Spanish for Law Enforcement Crisis Communications
        Basic Civil Process
        Special Investigative Topics
        Asset Forfeiture
        Racial Profiling
        Human Trafficking
        Identity Theft
        Eyewitness Evidence
        Suicide Detection and Prevention in Jails
        Jail Inmate Rights and Privileges
Interpersonal Communication in Correctional Settings
        The New Supervisor’s Course
        HIV AIDS and Viral Hepatitis in CJ
        Intermediate Crisis Intervention Training
        Cultural Diversity in Law Enforcement
        Civil Law for Process Servers
Business & Computer Programs
        Basic computer skills

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                        Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
               Public Computer Centers Program – Sustainable Adoption Program
Submitted Date:             Easygrants ID: 3248
Funding Opportunity: Public Computer          Applicant Organization: El Paso Community
Centers and Sustainable Broadband Adoption    College
Task: Submit Application - Non-Infrastructure
                                                Applicant Name: Ms. Fabiola NMN Rubio
Programs



       Microsoft Office Suite, E-Mail, Internet
       Web Page Design
       Illustrator, Photo Shop, InDesign
       Advanced Graphic Design & Layout
       Flash, Advanced Photoshop
Computer & Management Video
Workplace Literacy
       Adult Learners
       Career Readiness
       College Readiness
       Academic Readiness
       Personal Readiness
       GED English/Spanish
       Parenting
       ESL-Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced
       Early Childhood Family Lit (Pre-K &K
       Elem Family Lit (1st-3rd Grades)
Elementary Family Lit (1st-3rd Grades)
Creative Families: Nuestra Historias (Grandparents, Parents & Children
Teenagers Career Exploration
Business
       Starting Your Business
       Government Contracting
       Managing Your Finances
       Contracts
       Foundations of Marketing
Development
       Customer Service
Auto Collision Repair


The Senior Adult Program will also develop new online courses.

11. Small and Disadvantaged Business Involvement
    Where feasible, this project will establish agreements in principle to create relationships

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                       Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
              Public Computer Centers Program – Sustainable Adoption Program
Submitted Date:             Easygrants ID: 3248
Funding Opportunity: Public Computer          Applicant Organization: El Paso Community
Centers and Sustainable Broadband Adoption    College
Task: Submit Application - Non-Infrastructure
                                                Applicant Name: Ms. Fabiola NMN Rubio
Programs



with socially and economically disadvantaged small business concerns. In particular, Digital El
Paso will work to identify small and disadvantaged businesses within the framework of
complying with required purchasing guidelines mandated by the Texas Educational Agency
(TEA).

Miratek
A key partner in this grant is the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP). HACEP
has an IT outsource contractor with Miratek, a high technology information systems, business
and engineering firms headquartered in El Paso, Texas. The firm is 100% Hispanic Owned, a
graduate of the 8(a) program, a Texas Historically Underutilized Business (HUB), and a
Federal Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB). Miratek provides technical services to
government agencies and private industry in the U. S., Mexico, and other Latin American
countries.
Miratek will be involved in the deployment of the HACEP hotspots.

DBE Certification: HMDB12088Y0802                          Cage Code: 04RB1
HUB Certification: 1742712353800                     Dun & Bradstreet: 87-450-7528


E. Project Benefits
 E-1 – Expanding Broadband Public Computer Center Capacity
Public Computer Center Capacity, Including Areas and Populations Served

12. Public Computer Centers Availability



13. Restrictions on Public Computer Center Use



14. Public Computer Centers Accessibility




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                         Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
                Public Computer Centers Program – Sustainable Adoption Program
 Submitted Date:             Easygrants ID: 3248
 Funding Opportunity: Public Computer          Applicant Organization: El Paso Community
 Centers and Sustainable Broadband Adoption    College
 Task: Submit Application - Non-Infrastructure
                                                 Applicant Name: Ms. Fabiola NMN Rubio
 Programs



15. PCC - Center Locations, PCC - Center Capacity, PCC - Size and Scope of Target
Audience.

PCC - Center Locations & Center Capacity & Size and Scope of Target Audience.




16. PCC- SBA Population Demographics

   Age Distribution
   Age Distribution: 0-4

   Age Distribution: 5-19

   Age Distribution: 20-29

   Age Distribution: 30-39

   Age Distribution: 40-49

   Age Distribution: 50-59

   Age Distribution: 60-69

   Age Distribution: 70 and above

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                          Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
                 Public Computer Centers Program – Sustainable Adoption Program
Submitted Date:             Easygrants ID: 3248
Funding Opportunity: Public Computer          Applicant Organization: El Paso Community
Centers and Sustainable Broadband Adoption    College
Task: Submit Application - Non-Infrastructure
                                                    Applicant Name: Ms. Fabiola NMN Rubio
Programs




  Ethnicity or ethnicities
  Ethnicity: Hispanic

  Ethnicity: Non-Hispanic White

  Ethnicity: Non-Hispanic Black

  Ethnicity: Non-Hispanic American Indian

  Ethnicity: Non-Hispanic Asian

  Ethnicity: Non-Hispanic Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

  Ethnicity: Non-Hispanic Other

  Ethnicity: Two or More Races




  Gender
  Gender: Female

  Gender: Male




  Median Household Income
  Median Household Income: Less than $9,999

  Median Household Income: $10,000 - $14,999

  Median Household Income: $15,000 - $24,999

  Median Household Income: $25,000 - $34,999




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                         Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
                Public Computer Centers Program – Sustainable Adoption Program
Submitted Date:             Easygrants ID: 3248
Funding Opportunity: Public Computer          Applicant Organization: El Paso Community
Centers and Sustainable Broadband Adoption    College
Task: Submit Application - Non-Infrastructure
                                                       Applicant Name: Ms. Fabiola NMN Rubio
Programs




  Educational Levels
  Educational Levels: None

  Educational Levels: Nursery school - Preschool

  Educational Levels: Elementary - Kindergarten - Grade 5

  Educational Levels: Middle - Grade 6 to Grade 8

  Educational Levels: Secondary - Grade 9 to Grade 12

  Educational Levels: College

  Educational Levels: Masters

  Educational Levels: Doctorate/Post-Doctorate




  Disabilities status
  Disabilities status : Blindness, Deafness or a severe vision or hearing impairment

  Disabilities status : A physical, mental or emotional condition lasting 6 months or more



  Unemployment Rate
  Unemployment Rate: 9.20

  Language
  Language : English - Primary

  Language : English - Second Language

  Language : Non-English Speakers




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                        Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
               Public Computer Centers Program – Sustainable Adoption Program
Submitted Date:             Easygrants ID: 3248
Funding Opportunity: Public Computer          Applicant Organization: El Paso Community
Centers and Sustainable Broadband Adoption    College
Task: Submit Application - Non-Infrastructure
                                                Applicant Name: Ms. Fabiola NMN Rubio
Programs



17. Public Computer Centers Outreach




Public Computer Center Capacity: Training and Educational Programs


18. Public Computer Centers Peripherals and Equipment


19. Public Computer Centers Workstation Software



20. Public Computer Centers Training and Education Programs



E-2- Project Benefits – Sustainable BroadBand Adoption
21. Innovative Approach to Sustainable Broadband Adoption
     Digital El Paso uses an innovative family-centric approach to instill both financial and
computer literacy in the El Paso community. This reinforces families to help them understand
how to work together with online and other community resources and financial institutions to
better their socio-economic position. Low family income in the County insert a sense of
urgency for students to leave the educational system to work to can support their family.
Editorial Projects in Education Research Center Cities in Crisis report lists El Paso (40% drop
out rate) as one of the top 50 most populous cities in the U.S. Students who continue in
education take longer times for post secondary students to graduate from El Paso Community
College and the University of Texas at El Paso because they drop out to earn money to support
families and to pay for college.

The Pilot addressed social inclusion by offering free wireless Internet (using the County’s ISP),
implementing community based computer literacy programs, and providing access to
refurbished PC loaners and affordable PC loan/purchase program backed by CDFI loans. 1st

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generation Mexican/Americans are reluctant to engage with financial institutions due to bad
experience with the Mexican banking system. Introducing them to local financial institutions
and credit unions will teach them how to prudently leverage loans and build banking
relationships.

The Digital El Paso Pilot was deployed in an extremely challenging wireless technology
environment. The southern edge of the 3 mile pilot in zip code 79901 is the U.S./Mexico
border. This was done to provide a rigorous test of the wireless technology and understand
how to manage the unique nature of cross-border interference. We have tracked utilization and
adoption rates in the area over the past 1 ½ yrs. Peak hours are in the evening after work for
the community. This ramps up as County employees leave work, so utilization over 24 hours
is fairly even. This sharing of public resources creates a fairly self-sustaining model. The
addition of the EPCC mid-mile and redundant ISP connections adds capacity to scale and
sustain our plan.

We understand that many of the areas are underserved or unserved because it does not make
financial sense for service providers to invest in infrastructure in impoverished areas that may
not have a broadband take rate that is enough to make profit. As we drive sustainable
broadband adoption with our proven programs, we may be able to minimize their risk and
attract to some areas that have small or remote populations, but are poised for rapid growth.

All of the Digital El Paso Pilot programs have sustainability baked in and they align to all
BTOP goals. We are confident that we can leverage our workforce training success to apply
for additional funding from other sources. For example the Migrant Educational Training
(MET) Program and Workforce Solutions have funded EPCC Workforce to provide specific tra

22. Sustainable Broadband Adoption Household Subscribers.
    How many total new home subscribers (household accounts) to broadband do you expect to generate through
use of BTOP funds over the entire life of the program funded? 45,000

23. Sustainable Broadband Adoption Institutional Subscribers.
    How many total new business and/or institutional subscribers to broadband do you expect to generate through
use of BTOP funds over the entire life of the program funded? 1,000
24. Sustainable Broadband Adoption Users of Public Access Facilities.
     How many total users of broadband in public computer centers or users of broadband outside the home (e.g.,
in a community college) do you expect to generate through use of BTOP funds over the entire life of the program
funded? 50,000

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    Centers and Sustainable Broadband Adoption    College
    Task: Submit Application - Non-Infrastructure
                                                         Applicant Name: Ms. Fabiola NMN Rubio
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25. Sustainable Broadband Adoption Population Demographics.
      Please refer to PCC – SBA Demographics section (Section E1- Question 17)

26. Sustainable Broadband Adoption People Trained/Educated.
    If you intend to provide training or education, how many people in total will your program(s) reach?
50,000
27. Sustainable Broadband Adoption - Scope of Training/Education Programs.
     How many hours of training do you expect to provide per person on average for each participant in your
training program(s), through completion of training for that individual? If you will offer multiple programs, provide
estimates for each program. 12
28. Sustainable Broadband Adoption Instructor Qualifications.
    How many (FTE) instructors/facilitators will you employ for broadband and digital literacy training purposes,
and what are their qualifications (training and experience)?
      Instructors/facilitators to be employed for broadband and digital literacy training purposes:

•         52 FTE - Information Technology Instructors , Professional Category
•         9 FTE - Facilitators/Trainers, Technology Support

All proposed IT instructors and facilitators are fluent in Spanish and English credentialed by El
Paso Community College. IT faculty is qualified to teach in the continuing education division
for the College and have met hiring qualifications. These instructors will also develop
instructional curriculum for broadband and digital literacy training for various levels of
proficiency. Instructors will teach the noncredit classes in the various computing centers
throughout the county. This training will ensure increased broadband adoption and skills
upgrading for many of the residents of El Paso County.

Facilitators will include lead facilitators, mentors and trainers. They will provide training and
support at approximately 50 training centers and will work closely with county residents and
provide computer orientation sessions/workshops, short-term training and individualized one-
on-one training to residents. This type of training will be appropriate for many residents before
they proceed to more structured forms of training sessions. The facilitators will assist and
support the delivery of online instruction and facilitate videoconferencing sessions. Facilitators
are employees of the Student Technology Services Program (STS) and have met hiring
qualifications of the College. The STS Program is a very successful model program that hires
high caliber students to work in the various departments of the College such as lab assistants
for academic computing centers, telecommunications specialists, electronic classroom
specialists, tech support, and help desk.
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Instructors in various other disciplines will teach skills upgrading and workforce development
courses. These courses will continue to further enhance the computer skills of the population,
therefore, increasing broadband adoption. These instructors are credentialed by El Paso
Community College and have met hiring qualifications.

The ability to communicate in Spanish and English is a critical success factor for all of our
instructors and facilitators. Communication skills, an understanding of the mostly
Mexican/American Hispanic culture, and our family-centric approach are key differentiators
and form the cornerstone of our plan

29. Sustainable Broadband Adoption Equipment Purchased.
    How many broadband-related equipment units (e.g. computers, wireless devices) do you intend to purchase
overall? 1,658
30. Sustainable Broadband Adoption Cost of Devices.
    What is the total up-front cost of this equipment?    1,360,000
31. Sustainable Broadband Adoption Loan Program Participants.
      If you are providing an equipment purchase or loan program, for how many households, businesses and/or
institutions do you expect to provide equipment or computers?
Number of Households: 1,500
Number of Businesses: 250
Number of Institutions: 50

32. Sustainable Broadband Adoption Loan Cost to Borrower.
     If you are employing a loan program for purchases of service or equipment, what will be the total cost to the
typical customer you assist over the life of the loan, including all interest and fees? 353
33. Sustainable Broadband Adoption Target Population, Awareness Campaign.
     If you are conducting an awareness campaign, how many people do you expect your campaign will reach?
75,000
34. Sustainable Broadband Adoption Awareness Campaign Methods
     The Digital El Paso awareness campaign will reach approximately 75,000 households each
year. We are leveraging the existing EPCC student population of 25,000 credit and 8,000 non-
credit/continuing education and EPCC TV viewership that exceeds 100,000 per year. The
targeted population includes soldiers, veterans, women, senior citizens, working adults,
children, people with disabilities, and others. Awareness and educational programs will be
developed and implemented throughout the county to promote activities for each of the
populations to increase the broadband adoption rate across this broad and diverse population.
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Task: Submit Application - Non-Infrastructure
                                                Applicant Name: Ms. Fabiola NMN Rubio
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Our awareness campaign is designed to touch all of El Paso and includes the following
elements:

Orientation/Recruitment Sessions – Target populations will be invited to attend orientation
sessions at the various off-campus sites/training centers and EPCC campuses where they will
receive information about Digital El Paso training/education available at each training center
location, and the programs for refurbished PC loaners, affordable loans for PCs, Internet access
availability, and technology counseling to help the understand how to buy PCs that best fit their
needs. These comprehensive sessions will also serve as recruitment expos and 1-stop resource
shops for users that will include information on short/long term training, resources and
broadband subscriber information. Sessions will be offered quarterly.

Media will be used extensively to inform the populations and to recruit potential participants.
EPCC-TV will produce a weekly show that will showcase of activities at the various training
centers. This show hosted by Digital El Paso staff and will include a call-in segment so
participants can call in with questions or for additional information. EPCC-TV is in a
successful partnership with the local KCOS/PBS station and leverages locally produced TV
shows that reach both cable and noncable subscribers. EPCC-TV currently produces three
shows, Mature Living, Perspectives, El Paso and Computer Train. These programs already
reach many of the populations being targeted. Computer Train will also be used as an
instructional television program to teach computer literacy and reach many community users.
EPCC-TV/KCOS PBS has viewership throughout the El Paso County that exceeds over
100,000 viewers. This outreach will increase the level of interest in Digital El Paso programs
and drive broadband adoption.

Public Service Announcements (PSAs) in both English and Spanish will be produced to
broadcast on both the educational access channel and PBS station. This ensures extensive
outreach and increased awareness throughout the El Paso County. Digital El Paso staff and
leadership will appear on the many locally produced TV shows on various local commercial
TV stations to promote the project, increase awareness of broadband adoption and increase
subscriber rates.

Digital El Paso’s Intranet portal will distribute information to all users on services available,
training activities, broadband adoption and subscriber information. Information will be posted
and maintained on a regular basis. Participants will be provided with URL address during the

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Task: Submit Application - Non-Infrastructure
                                                Applicant Name: Ms. Fabiola NMN Rubio
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orientation/recruitment sessions and during TV shows. The URL will be published on all
printed materials. Participants will be trained to navigate the website to ensure they
successfully locate necessary information. A logo designed exclusively for Digital El Paso will
be strategically placed on all Project PCs and publications to promote and increase awareness
of the advantages of broadband adoption. Window stickers promoting Digital El Paso hotspots
will be distributed to the community and businesses surrounding the hotspots. We estimate
that 75,000 users will become familiar with Digital El Paso brand in the first 3 years.

Radio will be used to present information to the many targeted households. Radio is still
considered an effective communication tool by many. The various radio stations will be
contacted to request free air time for PSAs and for live appearances by the Project staff on local
radio shows. The information will be presented in both English and Spanish. We estimate that
over 50,000 households will be reached during each of the first two years.

Printed Information will be distributed on a continuous basis. Newspaper ads/articles and
brochures and flyers will be designed and printed in both English and Spanish, and will
included relevant information on training and services. These brochures and flyers will be
distributed at orientation/recruitment sessions, all training and public computing center sites,
community centers churches, NGOs, small businesses, the Greater El Paso and El Paso
Hispanic Chambers and other locations and local and regional events.

The City of El Paso Economic Development Department, Greater El Paso Chamber of
Commerce and El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will add links to Digital El Paso on
their websites. We will take advantage of all opportunities to publish articles in their
newsletters and actively work to engage the Nonprofit Enterprise Center (NpEC), a resource
center for nonprofit organizations that provides a menu of services, including nonprofit clinics,
workshops, conferences, and consulting, organizational assessment, and targeted technical
assistance. NpEC has over 100 nonprofit member organizations of all sizes. Key partnerships
will be forged with primary healthcare physicians, Centers for Disease Control, City Health
University Medical Center, Texas Tech Health Science Center. The Digital El Paso portal and
connected Intranet community will be offered as part of their pandemic planning initiatives.

El Paso is the largest city on the 2,000 mile U.S./Mexico border. Homeland Security
Emergency responders, fire, police, and sheriffs departments will connect critical local,
regional, statewide, national, and international contact and information points to the Digital El

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Task: Submit Application - Non-Infrastructure
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Paso portal. This will give them extended community outreach to the most vulnerable
populations as part of their homeland security, manmade and natural disaster planning
initiatives.

State, local, and federal government agencies are rapidly moving to a web-based self service
model to increase productive and lower costs. We will engage with these entities to understand
how to craft customized training to populations who need to access these services but do not
know how to use PCs or the Internet. This strategy will augment government initiatives and
increase usage and adoption rates of critical programs and services such as Social Security,
Veterans’ benefits and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This training will
include basic internet safety and security.

All of these activities leverage a broad community of channels and resource to provide
outreach and awareness of Digital El Paso programs and services. This comprehensive plan
increases awareness of Digital El Paso programs and services and drive broadband adoption
across all populations including the most vulnerable unserved and underserved communities.

35. Measuring Campaign Impact for Sustainable Broadband Adoption
     The lessons learned from the Digital El Paso Pilot and the metrics we have accumulated
gives us a starting benchmark of the existing Digital El Paso Pilot program results noted with
**. New programs will set an estimated benchmarks based on reasonable expectations. All
results will be measured through a quantitative data and measured against benchmark
expectations. Metrics will include:
1)      Number of advertisements and PSAs produced
2)      Number of local, regional, national, international, Internet news stories, and press
releases
3)      Number of flyers distributed
4)      Number of households, businesses, institutions contacted
5)      Number of news media outlets contacted
6)      Number of individuals and entities involved in outreach efforts
7)      Number of households, businesses, institutions locations at which material is distributed
8)      Number of businesses contacting the El Paso Hispanic Chamber to take advantage of
Digital El Paso programs
9)      Actual hours and types of training (households, businesses, institutions) completed
10)     Number of new Partners added to our services area, emphasis on small business and
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 Task: Submit Application - Non-Infrastructure
                                                         Applicant Name: Ms. Fabiola NMN Rubio
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NGOs
11)      Number of partners distributing print materials
12)      **Number of Technology Empowerment Program (TEP) loans
13)      **Amount of loan collateralization designated for Technology Empowerment Program
14)      **Number of hits on the Digital El Paso Intranet/Web Portal
15)      **Number of PCs donated to the Refurbished PC Program
16)      ** Number of people completing training at Digital El Paso Training centers
17)      **Monitoring/analyzing broadband usage statistics

Digital El Paso facilitators will analyze and report quarterly so that we can adjust our campaign
to fill in any obvious gaps or shift resources to shore up programs that do not seem to be
reporting results inline with expected results.

36. Sustainable Broadband Adoption Total Cost Per New Subscriber.
     What is the total cost of your project per new subscriber (household, individual, or institutional) or new end-
user? .00



F. Project Viability
 Technical Viability

37. Technology Strategy
37 - A. Public Computer Center Technology Strategy


37 - B. Sustainable Broadband Adoption Technology Strategy
     The Digital El Paso Pilot was deployed in Nov 2007, and covers 3 square miles of downtown
El Paso. The goal was to provide a free wireless hotspot to the 79901 zip code, the 2nd poorest
zip code in the U.S. The area was selected to test the network and explore social inclusion goals
and is one of the most difficult areas in El Paso because of interference from multi-story buildings
and many houses built of adobe and stucco that use poultry netting to attach surfaces. The
southern edge of the hotspot is the U.S./Mexico border. The Mexican side of the border is heavily
dependant upon wireless and cellular technologies for cross-border communication. The adoption
of the North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA) resulted in exponential growth in our sister city
of Juarez, Mexico. This dense population (2.2 million and growing) lacks understanding of U.S.

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Task: Submit Application - Non-Infrastructure
                                                Applicant Name: Ms. Fabiola NMN Rubio
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spectrum resulting incompatibility and disruption in local wireless communication. This
interference is unique to the southern border. El Paso County managed the Digital El Paso
network and had to troubleshoot this type of interference. The self-healing mesh design was able
to adjust to avoid frequency collisions and performed automated load balancing to optimize
network performance and reliability. The Pilot is the foundation for our plan.

The proven Digital El Paso network model, the experience and expertise of the County of El Paso
network team, is the basis for the design and technology of the hotspots proposed in this request.
In tandem with the BTOP requests that will connect City and County underserved populations the
SBA team will turn each El Paso Community College and partner site into wireless hotspots and
extend last mile service to the surrounding underserved and unserved communities. The
technology standard for this wireless mesh is from Cisco Systems, a proven network leader. This
Last Mile design and the technology used will allow several types of networks to run on the same
technology simultaneously. School Districts, public safety, public Internet, health care
institutions, first responders and key anchor tenant institutions may choose to have their own
network segment while on the same technology, thus improving connectivity, interconnection and
overall end-user experience, manageability, and security. The network will support voice, video
and data.

In April of 2008 the Mayor’s office of the City of Mobile, Alabama sent a group to learn about the
Digital El Paso pilot that was launched in Nov 2007. We shared lessons learned about the power
of collaboration, the initial cost of building out the wireless network, recurring maintenance, and
the success of the refurbished PC and PC loan/purchase programs. We also showed them how we
have tracked broadband adoption over the 1 ½ years that the program has been in operation. They
were able to replicate the Digital El Paso model in about 2 months. The model is highly replicable
by other organizations and cities.


In 2005 El Paso Community College (EPCC) launched Orion 501(c)3, a collaboration formed to
share the fiber ring that connects all 6 El Paso Community College campuses with the University
of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) campus and the 96 El Paso Independent School District (EPISD)
schools. Orion’s vision was to integrate El Paso’s Independent networks into a single high-speed
Community Network with a one-stop portal for online access and delivery of K-Gray education.
Orion established the first community Intranet in El Paso and set the stage for the Digital El Paso
Pilot project. Our plan is:

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Task: Submit Application - Non-Infrastructure
                                                       Applicant Name: Ms. Fabiola NMN Rubio
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1)       Use Orion as the foundation for program delivery
2)       Add wireless hotspots to all EPCC and partner sites
3)       Add high quality video conferencing between EPCC, EPISD’s Health Magnet High
School, UTEP Orion members and Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. This will enable our first
pilot of the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center (TTHC) Virtual Anatomy Lab and could lead to
the inclusion of more synergy focused on health sciences. Summer 2009 Texas Tech Health
Sciences Center announced the first cohort of students entering the Paul L. Foster School of
Medicine in El Paso. There are less than 110 physicians for every 100,000 people in El Paso. The
Texas average is 150 per 100,000. The national average is 198. Studies show that most medical
students remain in the region in which they received their education to establish their practices.
Our plan will actively engage these students to help keep them here.
4)       All programs will be extended to EPCC early college and dual-credit students. This
innovative program has earned EPCC national recognition. Funded by the Gate’s Foundation, and
the Greater Texas Foundation, the program collaborates with all surrounding El Paso school
districts to give students the opportunity to earn high-school and associate degree simultaneously.
The first cohort graduated in spring 2009.
5)       Leverage Orion and explore linkages to the National LambdaRail (NLR), a cutting-edge
network for advanced research and innovation owned by the U.S. research and education
community and the Lonestar Education And Research Network (LEARN), a cooperative effort of
institutions of higher education in Texas to provide high-speed connectivity between their
institutions. The goal is to access research networks across the country to support higher education
research, teaching, health care, and public service missions.

Adding these partnerships to our plan will enable statewide and national virtual campuses, student
counseling/tutoring, mentoring, virtual internships, and research and development collaboration.
Our plan builds on successful, replicable programs with proven sustainability.


 Organizational Capability

38. Management Team Resumes.
   Please refer to upload section at the end of document.
39. Organizational Readiness
     El Paso Community College (EPCC) is prepared to implement, operate and sustain the
Digital El Paso Expansion Initiative. EPCC just celebrated their 40th year of serving the El

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Task: Submit Application - Non-Infrastructure
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Paso region. EPCC has a proven track record in securing and managing grants for key
programs awarded to EPCC by DOE, DOL, HHS and DOC and understands the strategic value
of a connected community. In 2002 EPCC launched the Orion project, a collaboration to share
their fiber infrastructure that included the University of Texas at El Paso and the 96 El Paso
Independent School District sites. The goal was to share network resources and support the
delivery of online education. The Orion vision was the foundation for the Digital El Paso Pilot.
The Pilot is the foundation for Digital El Paso Expansion Initiative. These programs, managed
to date, involve program models and public/private partnerships that are more complex and
larger in scope than the proposed Digital El Paso program described in this request. Given this
experience, our organizational readiness is in place to support Digital El Paso sustainability
programs and partnerships.
 Key El Paso Community College capability factors include but are not limited to:
-An HR system that employs and pays over 3,500 employees.
-A Purchasing system that procures over $25M dollars annually.
-A grants management office that monitors over $18M dollars of Federal and State grants
annually.
-An IT Division with over 120 employees managing a 6 site fiber optic network with over
4,700 PCs, and a television production and broadcast facility.
-The Orion 501(c)3 collaboration focused on supporting distance learning for Pre K-Gray
education.
-A Workforce Division with over 210 employees managing more than $9.6M dollars of local,
state, and federal grants and contracts annually.
EPCC offers more than 130 academic programs and more than 350 personal enrichment/
continuing education courses supported by cutting-edge technology, ultra-modern training
facilities, and innovative learning options. With services such as distance education, online
courses, and dual credit; EPCC offers unique learning opportunities including Student
Technology Services (a student run technology training program), Early College High School
(where students earn an Associates Degree at the same time they earn a high school diploma),
and a new state-of-the-art model to deliver K-Gray education (including a 3-D holographic
projection laboratory.) EPCC is the fastest growing community college in Texas and the
largest grantor of associate degrees to Hispanic students in the nation. Enrollment reflects the
reach and diversity that the College has in the El Paso and surrounding area. Fall 2009
enrollment is at 24,000 credit and 8,000 non-credit and continuing education students.
El Paso Community College is ready and able to implement, operate and sustain the proposed
BTOP Sustainable Broadband adoption goals detailed in our application.

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40. Organizational Chart.
   Please refer to upload section at the end of document.


 Community Involvement


41. Key Partners
    32.        Key Partners
Contact Person Name and Title: Lorenzo Reyes, CEO
Organization Name: Workforce Solutions – Upper Rio Grande (Workforce Solutions)
Contribution to the Project: $45,000 in kind
Role: Workforce solutions will integrate programs developed by EPCC into 5 resident
community labs and provide a hotspot at these sites to provide access to the surrounding
underserved and unserved communities.

Contact Person Name and Title: Gary Knudsen, Dir of IT
Organization Name: Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP)
Contribution to the Project: $26,000 In-kind
Role: HACEP will integrate programs developed by EPCC into 5 resident community labs and
provide a hotspot at these sites to provide access to the surrounding underserved and unserved
communities.

Contact Person Name and Title: Delia Chavez, Executive Director
Organization Name: The El Paso Collaborative for Community and Economic Development
Technology Empowerment Program (TEP)
Contribution to the Project: $86,700 in Cash and In-kind
Role: The Collaborative will expand their Technology Empowerment Program (TEP) to
support the Digital El Paso BTOP sustainability goals by adding funds request in this grant to
their CDFI-backed revolving loan fund to support the program.

Anchor Tenants Include:
The City of El Paso, The County of El Paso, El Paso Community College, Region 19
Educational Service Center, all school districts in El Paso County (El Paso, Ysleta, Socorro,

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 Task: Submit Application - Non-Infrastructure
                                                 Applicant Name: Ms. Fabiola NMN Rubio
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Anthony, Canutillo, San Elizario, Tornillo, Clint, Fabens) Texas Tech Health Sciences Center,
University Medical Center of El Paso, and the University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso Hispanic
Chamber of Commerce, Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, El Paso 911 District, El Paso
County Sheriff’s Dept, City Health, Centers for Disease Control, City of El Paso Police Dept.,
Nonprofit Enterprise Center (NpEC), a resource center for over 100 local non-profit
organizations, Centro Familiar Salud la Fe (La Fe), Tigua Business Resource Center,
Headstart, and El Paso area libraries

Cisco Systems, Inc provided data and information for this grant application and participated in
the preparation of same, together with personnel from the County of El Paso, Texas and the
following companies doing business in El Paso, TX: Mexus Communications, Cognent IT
Solutions, PeopleSkills, Genesis21, and Varay Systems.

42. Partnering with Disadvantaged Businesses
    33. Partnering with Disadvantaged Businesses.

Where feasible, this project will establish agreements in principle to create relationships with
socially and economically disadvantaged small business concerns. In particular, SBA believes
will work to identify small and disadvantaged businesses within the framework of complying
with required purchasing guidelines mandated by the Texas Educational Agency (TEA).

A key partner in this grant is the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP). They
have an IT outsource contract with Miratek, a professional high technology information
systems, business and engineering firm providing technical services to government agencies
and private industry in the U.S., Mexico, and other Latin American countries, and is
headquartered in El Paso, Texas. The firm is 100% Hispanic Owned, a graduate of the 8(a)
program, a Texas Historically Underutilized Business (HUB), and a Federal Small
Disadvantaged Business (SDB). They will be involved in the deployment of the HACEP
hotspots.

Ability to Start Promptly & Timeline


43. Project Timeline and Challenges
    Digital El Paso commits to substantial completion within 2 years of award date. Below is
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the project timeline and challenges/risks with corresponding mitigation plan. Items marked
with ** are existing Digital El Paso programs that will be leveraged and expanded for quick
ramp up.

2009/Year 0/Qtr 3-4 – Research & Prep
1)      Coordinate with El Paso City, County Infrastructure and PCC BTOPs
2)      Submit application
3)      After action meeting
4)      Receive funding
2010/Year 1/Qtr 1 - Initial Planning
1)      Meet with BTOP infrastructure, PCC teams to review their timelines & milestones,
final overall design review and identify coordination points with other projects
2)      Meet with key partners and other key anchor institutions to gather input and assign
roles
3)      Construct Overall BTOP Sustainability Broadband Adoption plan
4)      Gather support and data to for all plans, Marketing/Outreach, Tech Empowerment
Program, Tech Counseling Program, Online Content/classes, Portal, Virtual Labs Pilot with
Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, El Paso ISD, EPCC sties
5)      Design Overall Program Management (PM) process, roles, organizational structure
6)      Assign/Hire overall PM, Grant Coordinator(s)
7)      Hire, train and orientate new staff positions
8)      Design accountability process and define metrics for Quarterly and Annual Reports

2010, Year 1, Qtr 2 - Finalize sub-program rules, roles and routes to market
1)     **Digital El Paso Portal (Portal)Form/hire web design team
a.     Add secure online collaboration site for all work products, schedules, etc
b.     Gather input to spec website maintenance; update website
2)     **Marketing & Outreach
a.     Form/hire Marketing & Outreach Team
b.     Press release of Award Announcement
c.     Identify channels to for all marketing activities and channels
3)     **El Paso Collaborative Technology Empowerment Program (TEP)
a.     Add program coordinator
b.     Submit grant to El Paso Community Foundation to match revolving loan fund
c.     Explore grant to hire VISTA volunteers for program community outreach

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              Public Computer Centers Program – Sustainable Adoption Program
Submitted Date:             Easygrants ID: 3248
Funding Opportunity: Public Computer          Applicant Organization: El Paso Community
Centers and Sustainable Broadband Adoption    College
Task: Submit Application - Non-Infrastructure
                                                Applicant Name: Ms. Fabiola NMN Rubio
Programs



4)     **EPCC Workforce Development Division
a.     Start developing online content for all new classes
b.     Coordinate with key partners to identify
5)     **ORION Refurbished Computer Program (ORCA)
a.     Align/add students to the Student Technology Services Program
b.     Inventory PCs in the pipeline and coordinate with marketing to solicit donations
c.     Coordinate with EPCC IT to order wireless cards for refurbished PCs
1)     **EPCC Information Technology Division
a.     Assess all hotspot, and Telepresence sites
b.     Perform final design reviews, prepare BOMs for bid packages
c.     Work with EPCC, award bids, issue PO(s), order & receive equipment
d.     Use STS, Cisco Cert Program students to install configure/install/maintain

2010/Year 1/Qtr 2
1)    Finalize sub-program rules, roles and routes to market
2)    Construct Startup Plans for all programs, hotspots, Telepresence

2010/Year 1/Qtr 3
1)    Implement Startup Plan
2)    Turn up Hotspots
3)    Press Release to announce availability of all Digital El Paso Programs
4)    Quarterly Portal update

2010/Year 1/Qtr 4
1)    Implement all expanded Digital El Paso and new programs
2)    Quarterly Portal Update
3)    Monitor hotspots/network
4)    Quarterly Orientation/Recruitment 1-stop resource shop
5)    Publish Annual Report & Metrics
6)    Annual Meeting/Retreat
2011/Year 2/Qtr 1 – Qtr 3
1)    Implement Startup Plan
2)    Turn up Hotspots
3)    Press Release to announce availability of all Digital El Paso Programs
4)    Quarterly Portal update

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                        Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
               Public Computer Centers Program – Sustainable Adoption Program
 Submitted Date:             Easygrants ID: 3248
 Funding Opportunity: Public Computer          Applicant Organization: El Paso Community
 Centers and Sustainable Broadband Adoption    College
 Task: Submit Application - Non-Infrastructure
                                                 Applicant Name: Ms. Fabiola NMN Rubio
 Programs



2012/Year 3 – Repeat 2011 Activities

Challenges/Risks with Mitigation Plan
Challenge/Risk
City and County BTOP Infrastructure Grants are not awarded.
Mitigation Plan
Will limit middle mile access to add more hotspots

Challenge/Risk
BTOP PCC is not awarded.
Mitigation Plan
Will limit PCC sites as potential hotspots

Challenge/Risk
Technology Empowerment Program (TEP) revolving loan fund cannot keep up with demand
for PC loan/purchases.
Mitigation Plan
Potential local investors have been briefed on the program. As the economy begins to improve
and their investment portfolios recover, we will start a campaign to secure funds from them.
The ability to provide loan collateralization program from an established CDFI backed
program will give them a way to invest their money and get it back, with interest.

Challenge/Risk
Demand for the Student Refurbished PC Program (ORCA) exceeds supply of donated PCs.
Mitigation Plan
Potential local donor companies have been briefed on the program. EPCC has a 3 year PC
refresh cycle. They offer PCs from this to their faculty and staff first, the rest are recycled into
the ORCA refurbished PC program. This could be marketed to the local business community
as a Green Initiative to ensure an adequate pipeline of PCs. As the cost of PCs continues to
drop, we anticipate that more people will be attracted to the Technology Empowerment
Program and this program may be merged into the EPCC Student Technology Services
Program (STS) to provide support services and help desk for home and business users

Challenge/Risk
Tuition assistance for the EPCC Workforce Development Programs and classes is exhausted.

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                         Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
                Public Computer Centers Program – Sustainable Adoption Program
 Submitted Date:             Easygrants ID: 3248
 Funding Opportunity: Public Computer          Applicant Organization: El Paso Community
 Centers and Sustainable Broadband Adoption    College
 Task: Submit Application - Non-Infrastructure
                                                       Applicant Name: Ms. Fabiola NMN Rubio
 Programs



Mitigation Plan
All of this content will be recorded and archived as Video on Demand (VOD). VODs will
continue to be offered to students online, with minimal faculty and staff support.

It is critical that the Digital El Paso Expansion Initiative for sustainable broadband adoption
ramp up quickly to ensure that the community sees value to being connected and usage does
not drop off. Based on the results of the face to face survey we conducted of 2,268 of the most
vulnerable populations, they were willing to pay an average of $15 per month for Internet
access.

44. Non-Infrastructure Projects - Licenses and Regulatory Approvals


45. Legal Opinion.
   Please refer to upload section at the end of document.

G. Project Budget & Sustainability
Project Profile: Budget and Budget Narrative

46. Budget Narrative
      The implications of this digital divide in El Paso are dramatic. Computer literacy is a
growing requirement for all kinds of jobs, including occupations traditionally not requiring
computer skills. Broadband adoption rates in El Paso have been historically low. The 2,268
face to face surveys we conducted show that 80% of the most vulnerable populations do not
have PCs connected to the Internet at home. El Paso Community College (EPCC) has always
been a leader in technology adoption. EPCC has the infrastructure, capacity, experience,
expertise, and community outreach to provide critical mass to provide and program support and
the tools to generate reports that are critical in assessing the success and managing Digital El
Paso.

The Digital El Paso Pilot experience and the community partnerships that EPCC brings to the
table give the solid support needed to drive broadband adoption and sustain programs that will
bring El Paso into the 21st Century. Digital El Paso is requesting $7,880,798 to expand and
enhance programs established in the Digital El Paso Pilot and add existing and new EPCC
online courses and key community partners to provide the following services to support and

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               Public Computer Centers Program – Sustainable Adoption Program
Submitted Date:             Easygrants ID: 3248
Funding Opportunity: Public Computer          Applicant Organization: El Paso Community
Centers and Sustainable Broadband Adoption    College
Task: Submit Application - Non-Infrastructure
                                                Applicant Name: Ms. Fabiola NMN Rubio
Programs



drive broadband adoption over the first 3 years, including:
1)      Orion 501(c)3 is a Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher (MAR) – EPCC Student
Technology Service (STS) will refurbish and loan the community an estimated 480 computers
per/year
2)      The El Paso Collaborative will provide their CDFI-backed revolving loan fund will
serve approximately 1,500 households, 250 businesses, and 250 institutions.
3)      Facilitators will provide 17,000 hours of computer literacy training per year that is tied
to earning a Refurbished PC
4)      Tech Counseling Service Facilitators will advise the community on “how to buy”
computers.
5)      The www.digitalelpaso.com portal will be expanded and maintained to serve as a 1-
stop shop for access to programs and information. This will minimize the confusion that
novice users experience as they begin to integrate the Internet into their daily lives.
6)      50 Training Centers at EPCC, HACEP, Workforce Solutions and other partner sites will
be established and 5 new centers will be set up.
7)      Marketing and outreach campaigns will use a variety of methods including TV, radio,
Internet, and print to reach approximately 75,000 people and increase awareness to increase
broadband adoption rates.
8)      Approximately 10,700 hours of skills and workforce development training will be
developed and delivered by EPCC instructors. All will be archived for subsequent use.
Tuition assistance will be offered for all classes and online delivery and will increased
computer usage by targeted population. This menu of free non-credit classes includes:
a.      Mature Living TV - EPCC Senior Adult Programs
b.      EPCC Children’s College in math, culture & arts, engineering & math, reading
c.      Adults Enrichment Programs
d.      All programs will reach larger populations as we begin to add them to the Digital El
Paso Portal
e.      Telepresence equipment will deliver high quality videoconferencing o increase
broadband adoption and Pilot a Virtual Anatomy lab collaboration among EPCC, El Paso ISD
Health Magnet High School and Texas Tech Health Sciences Center.

As Digital El Paso programs are expanded, new opportunities and programs that will provide
tuition assistance for:
•       The Small Business Administration funded EPCC Small Business Development Center
will offer 28 Small Business Development On-Line Courses. Technical Assistance and other

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                        Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
               Public Computer Centers Program – Sustainable Adoption Program
 Submitted Date:             Easygrants ID: 3248
 Funding Opportunity: Public Computer          Applicant Organization: El Paso Community
 Centers and Sustainable Broadband Adoption    College
 Task: Submit Application - Non-Infrastructure
                                                 Applicant Name: Ms. Fabiola NMN Rubio
 Programs



business development counseling will be provided to entrepreneurs inquiring through Digital
El Paso.
•      The Department of Defense, Defense Logistics Agency funded EPCC Contract
Opportunities Center (COC) will give entrepreneurs valuable contracting opportunities and
technical assistance services.

Digital El Paso expansion initiative is designed to reach out to all of the targeted populations
served by El Paso Community College and other key partners. This will provide additional
sites for distance learning, connectivity with other educational institutions, medical facilities,
libraries, civic organizations, military bases and government agencies in order to ensure
information accessibility to all of the residents. Digital El Paso will provide greater
communication and information resources for the people in the El Paso County, region, and
state. The chart below shows the federal funding requested by year and category:

Budget Category          Year 1        Year 2         Year 3           Total
Personnel        $962,080 $998,916           $961,635       $2,922,631
Benefits          $99,288     $102,266       $105,334         $306,888
In/Out Travel      $5,500       $5,500         $5,500        $5,500
Supplies          $31,678      $31,678        $31,678          $95,034
Equipment/Furnitur $750,000           $555,000        $55,000       $1,360,000
  Other
Tuition       $750,261        $750,262       $750,487       $2,251,010
Program Development $86,161            $86,161        $86,187        $258,510
Video Development $160,393            $160,392       $160,392        $481,225
PC Loan Program             0             0 $200,000          $200,000
Total Request $2,845,361 $2,690,175 $1,290,310              $7,880,798


47. Non-Infrastructure Projects - Budget Reasonableness
     The experience and lessons learned in the Digital El Paso Pilot give us a solid foundation
of what it will take to execute our plan in terms of human capital, funding and time to market.
The activities proposed for the Sustainable Broadband Adoption presented in the previous
section of this document are based on a comprehensive assessment of deficiencies in
broadband adoption by the residents of the targeted areas. These activities are critical in the
development, improvement and self-sufficiency of the residents of the targeted areas.

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                        Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
               Public Computer Centers Program – Sustainable Adoption Program
Submitted Date:             Easygrants ID: 3248
Funding Opportunity: Public Computer          Applicant Organization: El Paso Community
Centers and Sustainable Broadband Adoption    College
Task: Submit Application - Non-Infrastructure
                                                Applicant Name: Ms. Fabiola NMN Rubio
Programs



 El Paso Community College (EPCC) is prepared to initiate a major integration, coordination,
implementation and enhancement of the Digital El Paso that will have far reaching implications
and will require a long-term commitment of personnel, institutional and grant funds. Multi-
year funding will permit the Digital El Paso Project to develop a comprehensive, cost-effective
network of human and technological resources to fully meet the needs of the citizens in
targeted areas of this project.
 The personnel and equipment needed to carry out these initiatives far exceed El Paso
Community College’s capabilities. This grant initiative will assist to achieve the goals set forth
in this project. EPCC remains strongly committed to leverage its own available resources to
further enhance and continue this initiative.
 Priorities have been established and the order will be a natural progression. The Broadband
Technology Opportunity Program Infrastructure will provide access to Internet services
throughout the El Paso County. Digital El Paso will support the identification of training to
best fit the broadband adoption proficiency levels and the appropriate distance education
delivery modes. The professionally trained instructors, facilitators, and other key personnel
will ensure integration of technology into the everyday lives of the community residents. This
expansion initiative will set forth a strategy to market and increase the awareness of broadband
adoption. The marketing and outreach efforts will market the training, services and other
resources that will increase broadband adoption subscribers.
All of the proposed activities use the power of collaboration and synergy to reinforce overall
BTOP goals.
 The three- year investment of federal funds is necessary to address the proposed activities
which cannot be completed in a short time frame. These resources will ensure the College
serves the targeted service area residents by making more efficient use of human resources and
the Internet.
The survey mentioned in previous sections identified the restraints of money faced by the
targeted populations. Digital El Paso is designed to respond to the need and reach out to all of
the targeted populations served by El Paso Community College. Not only will this project
provide additional sites for distance learning, but it will provide connectivity with other
educational institutions, medical


48. Demonstration of Financial Need
    El Paso Community College is committed to serving as fiscal agent and supporting the
goals and objectives of the Digital El Paso Expansion Initiative BTOP Sustainable Broadband

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                Public Computer Centers Program – Sustainable Adoption Program
 Submitted Date:             Easygrants ID: 3248
 Funding Opportunity: Public Computer          Applicant Organization: El Paso Community
 Centers and Sustainable Broadband Adoption    College
 Task: Submit Application - Non-Infrastructure
                                                  Applicant Name: Ms. Fabiola NMN Rubio
 Programs



Adoption application. Tight budgetary conditions and the capacity to raise revenues through
another bond issuance is not possible.

In 1997, the El Paso Community College District issued Revenue Bonds to meet the growing
space needs of our five campus District. Unfortunately, we have reached our debt capacity
with respect to being able to issue additional bonds because the current supporting revenue
stream will not support a new issuance without having to raise the general use fee to students in
the case of revenue bonds, or the property tax rate through a referendum in the case of a
general obligation bond.

Our tight budgetary conditions are to a large extent driven by the eroding contact hour
reimbursement rates which determine our state appropriations. Since our 1999/2000 fiscal year,
state appropriations as a percentage of operating budget have declined from 47.8 % of
budgeted revenues to currently representing 32.4% of our budgeted revenues. Public
community colleges are funded on a biennium basis by the state of Texas; therefore state
appropriations over this two-year period greatly impact the availability of funds for operations.
For this reason, the District plans to maintain the current 08/09 operating budget on a roll over
basis for the coming 09/10 fiscal year. During the 2008-09 Biennium, $3.2 and
$2.2 million, respectively, worth of cost containment measures each year were needed. They
included freezing vacant positions, postponing planned transfers to the College's plant funds for
building improvements and renovations, cutting travel for professional development, cutting
improvement plans recommended by SACS, freezing work-study matching funds, and
postponing the position reclassification process.

Another of the District's three main revenue sources is student tuition. Tight budgetary
conditions have caused the District to raise tuition rates effective this fall for the first time in
three years to maintain the same service level to students and the community. The remaining
revenue alternative was to raise property taxes, which the District has not done since the
2003104 fiscal year. Raising property taxes was not deemed advisable considering the large
number of taxing entities in the community along with the current economic downturn.

All the challenges described above have forced us to collaborate and partner with other entities
to find solutions and seek alternative funding sources to meet our collective community
strategic initiates. We appreciate your consideration when evaluating the proposal we have
submitted for your review and welcome any questions you may have. If you have any

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                          Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
                 Public Computer Centers Program – Sustainable Adoption Program
 Submitted Date:             Easygrants ID: 3248
 Funding Opportunity: Public Computer          Applicant Organization: El Paso Community
 Centers and Sustainable Broadband Adoption    College
 Task: Submit Application - Non-Infrastructure
                                                       Applicant Name: Ms. Fabiola NMN Rubio
 Programs



questions related to this grant proposal please contact Fabiola Rubio, Vice President of
Information Technology/CIO at (915)831-6392


49. Historical Financial Statements.
    Please refer to upload section at the end of document.


Project Profile: Long Term Sustainability

50. Sustainability.
51 - A. Public Computer Center Sustainability



51 - B. Sustainable Broadband Adoption Sustainability
        The Digital El Paso Expansion Initiate proposes a sustainable broadband adoption plan
that builds off of existing programs that were developed as part of the Digital El Paso Pilot.
All of these programs have been self-sustaining, but have not been able to grow because of the
scarcity of funding. We anticipate that additional funds will allow the programs to scale with
built in sustainability, with the exception of the tuition assistance and additional faculty and
staff that will be used to educate/train new population. We will record and archive all classes,
so the program can continue to offer them as online Video on Demand (VOD) classes,
however, we would need to seek more funding to add new courses and content. Below is a
recap by program of sources of sustainability.

 Digital El Paso Pilot Programs will be leveraged and expanded in the Digital El Paso
Expansion Initiative
Program/Service         Source of Sustainability
El Paso Collaborative Technology Empowerment Program (TEP) Interest from loans and loan
repayments
**ORION Refurbished Computer Program (ORCA) $25 per loaner PC fee, donated PCs
Digital El Paso Portal Intranet/Portal Potential for Ad and Sponsorship revenue
** As the cost of PCs continue to drop, this program could transition from a refurbish/recycle
PC program, to a pure recycling program.

The El Paso Hispanic Chamber (EPHCC) will be receiving approximately $150,000 in Federal

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                 Public Computer Centers Program – Sustainable Adoption Program
 Submitted Date:             Easygrants ID: 3248
 Funding Opportunity: Public Computer          Applicant Organization: El Paso Community
 Centers and Sustainable Broadband Adoption    College
 Task: Submit Application - Non-Infrastructure
                                                       Applicant Name: Ms. Fabiola NMN Rubio
 Programs



Empowerment funds to continue with their technical assistant center for start up and small
businesses in the Empowerment Zone. We are in preliminary discussions with them to design
a revolving loan PC purchase program modeled after the TEP program. EPHCC has earned
multiple state and National Awards recognizing their innovative programs and services. They
are the only Hispanic Chamber to host an annual business and technology expo. In 2008t his
event called BizTech attracted over 3,000 attendees. BizTech 2009 will be held at El Paso
Community College and would be the perfect venue to announce the award of the Digital El
Paso Expansion Initiatives and start the business-focused activities. .

New Programs and Services that will be added to the Digital El Paso Expansion Initiative
Program/Service        Source of Sustainability
EPCC Workforce Development Division           Grants, Institutional Funds, Fees
EPCC Information Technology Division Student Institutional Funds, Fees
EPCC TV       Institutional Funds
EPCC Cost of Redundant ISPs          Absorbed into operating costs
Marketing and Outreach, built into all EPCC Services          Grants, Institutional Funds, Fees
Housing Authority of the City of El Paso Training Centers Federal Funds
Workforce Solutions – Upper Rio Grande Training Center State and Federal Funds

The EPCC leadership and a winning set of support programs will increase in broadband
adoption rates will be sustained beyond the grant period using all of the strategies listed above.


Project Profile: Outside Leverage

51. Matching Funds.
    Please refer to upload section at the end of document.

52. Unjust Enrichment
   None

53. Disclosure of Federal and/or State Funding Sources
    None

54. Buy American.
   Is the applicant seeking an individual waiver of the Buy American provision?

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               Public Computer Centers Program – Sustainable Adoption Program
 Submitted Date:             Easygrants ID: 3248
 Funding Opportunity: Public Computer          Applicant Organization: El Paso Community
 Centers and Sustainable Broadband Adoption    College
 Task: Submit Application - Non-Infrastructure
                                                 Applicant Name: Ms. Fabiola NMN Rubio
 Programs



   No

   Buy American Waiver Request Explanation




H. DOC Environmental Checklist


55. SECTION 1 – Please refer to upload section at the end of document.



I. Compliance and Certification


56. Certification and signature.
    Please refer to upload section at the end of the document.



J. Uploads

In order to improve system performance and help ensure that all applicants are able to complete
their applications by the deadline, we have changed the way your application PDF is created.
This PDF contains all of the information you entered throughout the Easygrants data entry
screens. PDF copies of all documents that have been uploaded can be viewed and printed
separately from the Main page of the application after you submit. These will continue to be
available to you in read-only format after your application has been submitted.




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       Q35 PCC; Q40 SBA –
HISTORICAL FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
 
CD-511 CERTIFCATION –
LOBBYING UPPER TIER
FORM CD·511                                                                                                             V,S, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
(REV 1·05)

                                     CERTIFICATION REGARDING LOBBYING
 Applicants should also review the instructions for certification included in the regulations before completing this form. Signature on
 this form provides for compliance with certification requirements under 15 CFR Part 28, "New Restrictions on Lobbying." The
 certifications shall be treated as a material representation of fact upon which reliance will be placed when the Department of
 Commerce determines to award the covered transaction, grant, or cooperative agreement.


   LOBBYING                                                                    Statement for Loan Guarantees and Loan Insurance
   As required by Section 1352, Title 31 of the U.S. Code, and                 The undersigned states, to the best of his or her knowledge
   implemented at 15 CFR Part 28, for persons entering into a grant,           and belief, that:
   cooperative agreement or contract over $100.000 or a loan or loan
   guarantee over $150,000 as defined at 15 CFR Part 28, Sections              In any funds have been paid or will be paid to any person for
   28.105 and 28.110, the applicant certifies that to the best of his or her   influencing or attempting to influence an officer or employee
   knowledge and belief. that:                                                 of any agency, a Member of Congress, an officer or employee
                                                                               of Congress, or an employee of a Member of Congress in
   (1) No Federal appropriated funds have been paid or will be paid.           connection with this commitment providing for the United
   by or on behalf of the undersigned, to any person for influencing or        States to insure or guarantee a loan, the undersigned shall
   attempting to influence an officer or employee of any agency, a             complete and submit Standard Form-LLL, "Disclosure Form
   Member of Congress in conncection with the awarding of any                  to Report Lobbying," in accordance with its instructions.
   Federal contract, the making of any Federal grant, the making of
   any Federal loan, the entering into of any cooperative agreement,           Submission of this statement is a prerequisite for making or
   and the extension, continuation, renewal, amendment, or                     entering into this transaction imposed by section 1352, title
   modification of any Federal contract, grant, loan, or cooperative           31, U.S, Code. Any person who fails to file the required state­
    agreement.                                                                 ment shall be subject to a civil penalty of not less than $10,000
                                                                               and not more than $100,000 for each such failure occurring
   (2) If any funds other than Federal appropriated funds have been            on or before October 23, 1996, and of not less than $11,000
   paid or will be paid to any person for influencing or attempting to         and not more than $110,000 for each such failure occurring
   influence an officer or employee of any agency, a Member of                 after October 23, 1996.
   Congress, an officer or employee of Congress. or an employee of a
   member of Congress in connection with this Federal contract, grant,
   loan, or cooperative agreement, the undersigned shall complete and
   submit Standard Form-LLL, "Disclosure Form to Report Lobbying."
   in accordance with its instructions.

   (3) The undersigned shall require that the language of this
   certification be included in the award documents for all subawards at
   all tiers (including subcontracts, subgrants, and contracts under
   grants, loans, and cooperative agreements) and that all subrecipients
   shall certify and disclose accordingly

   This certification is a material representation of fact upon which
   reliance was placed when this transaction was made or entered into.
   Submission of this certification is a prerequisite for making or
   entering into this transaction imposed by section 1352, title 31, U.S.
   Code. Any person who fails to file the required certification shall be
   subject to a civil penalty of not less than $10,000 and not more
   than $100,000 for each such failure occurring on or before
   October 23, 1996, and of not less than $11,000 and not more
   than $110,000 for each such failure occurring after October 23,
   1996.

 As the duly authorized representative of the applicant, I hereby certify that the applicant will comply with the
 above applicable certification.

NAME OF APPLICANT                                                                    AWARD NUMBER AND/OR PROJECT NAME

 EI Paso Community College District
PRINTED NAME AND TITLE OF AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE
 Richard M. Rhodes, Ph.D.; President                                                     08-12-09
                                                                                     DATE

                                 I
                                                              --
CD-512 CERTIFCATION –
LOBBYING LOWER TIER
FORM CO·S12                                                                                                             u.s. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
(REV 12-04)

                                   CERTIFICATION REGARDING LOBBYING
                                   LOWER TIER COVERED TRANSACTIONS

 Applicants should review the instructions for certification included in the regulations before completing this form. Signature
 on this form provides for compliance with certification requirements under 15 CFR Part 28, "New Restrictions on Lobbying."

   LOBBYING                                                                    Statement for Loan Guarantees and Loan Insurance
   As required by Section 1352, ntle 31 of the U.S. Code, and                  The undersigned states, to the best of his or her knowledge
   implemented at 15 CFR Part 28, for persons entering into a grant            and belief, that:
   cooperative agreement or contract over $100,000 or a loan or loan
   guarantee over $150,000 as defined at 15 CFR Part 28, Sections              In any funds have been paid or will be paid to any person for
   28.105 and 28.110, the applicant certifies that to the best of his or her   influencing or attempting to influence an officer or employee
   knowledge and belief, that:                                                 of any agency, a Member of Congress, an officer or employee
                                                                               of Congress, or an employee of a Member of Congress in
   (1) No Federal appropriated funds have been paid or will be paid,           connection with this commitment providing for the United
   by or on behalf of the undersigned, to any person for influencing or        States to insure or guarantee a loan, the undersigned shall
   attempting to influence an officer or employee of any agency, a             complete and submit Standard Form-LLL, "Disclosure Form
   Member of Congress in connection with the awarding of any                   to Report Lobbying," in accordance with its instructions.
   Federal contract, the making of any Federal grant, the making of
   any Federal loan, the entering into of any cooperative agreement            Submission of this statement is a prerequisite for making or
   and the extension, continuation, renewal, amendment, or                     entering into this transaction imposed by section 1352, title
   modification of any Federal contract, grant, loan, or cooperative           31, U.S. Code. Any person who fails to file the required state­
    agreement.                                                                 ment shall be subject to a civil penalty of not less than $10,000
                                                                               and not more than $100,000 for each such failure occurring
   (2) If any funds other than Federal appropriated funds have been            on or before October 23, 1996, and of not less than $11,000
   paid or will be paid to any person for influencing or attempting to         and not more than $110,000 for each such failure occurring
   influence an officer or employee of any agency, a Member of                 after October 23, 1996.
   Congress, an officer or employee of Congress, or an employee of a
   member of Congress in connection with this Federal contract, grant,
   loan, or cooperative agreement, the undersigned shall complete and
   submit Standard Form-lLL, "Disclosure Form to Report Lobbying,"
   in acoordance with its instructions.

   (3) The undersigned shall require that the language of this
   certification be included in the award documents for all subawards at
   all tiers (including subcontracts, subgrants, and contracts under
   grants, loans, and cooperative agreements) and that all subrecipients
   shall certify and disclose acrordingly.

   This certification is a material representation of fact upon which
   reliance was placed when this transaction was made or entered into.
   Submission of this certification is a prerequisite for making or
   entering into this transaction imposed by section 1352, title 31, U.S.
   Code. Any person who fails to file the required certification shall be
   subject to a civil penalty of not less than $10,000 and not more
   than $100,000 for each such failure occurring on or before
   October 23, 1996, and of not less than $11,000 and not more
   than $110,000 for each such failure occurring after October 23,
   1996.

As the duly authorized representative of the applicant, I hereby certify that the applicant will comply with the
above applicable certification.

NAME OF APPLICANT                                                                   AWARD NUMBER AND/OR PROJECT NAME
EI Paso Community College District
PRINTED NAME AND TITLE OF AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE
 Richard M. Rhodes. Ph.D.; President                   /J                              08-12-09
                                                                                     DATE
SF-424B ASSURANCES NON-CONSTRUCTION
                                                                                                               OMB Approval No: 4040-0007
                                                                                                                  Expiration Date: 07/30/2010

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 As the duly authorized representative of the applicant, I certify that the applicant:

        1.    Has the legal authority to apply for Federal assistance                 Act of 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. §794), which
              and the institutional, managerial and financial capability              prohibits discrimination on the basis of handicaps; (d)
              (including funds sufficient to pay the non-Federal share                the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended (42 U.
              of project cost) to ensure proper planning, management                  S.C. §§6101-6107), which prohibits discrimination on
              and completion of the project described in this                         the basis of age; (e) the Drug Abuse Office and
              application.                                                            Treatment Act of 1972 (P.L. 92-255), as amended,
                                                                                      relating to nondiscrimination on the basis of drug
        2.   Will give the awarding agency, the Comptroller General                   abuse; (f)the Comprehensive Alcohol Abuse and
             of the United States and, if appropriate, the State,                     Alcoholism Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation
             through any authorized representative, access to and                     Act of 1970 (P.L. 91-616), as amended, relating to
             the right to examine all records, books, papers, or                      nondiscrimination on the basis of alcohol abuse or
             documents related to the award; and will establish a                     alcoholism; (g) §§523 and 527 of the Public Health
             proper accounting system in accordance with generally                    Service Act of 1912 (42 U.S.C. §§290 dd-3 and 290
             accepted accounting standards or agency directives.                      ee 3), as amended, relating to confidentiality of alcohol
                                                                                      and drug abuse patient records; (h) Title Vlll of the Civil
        3.    Will establish safeguards to prohibit employees from                    Rights Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. §§3601 et seq.), as
              using their positions for a purpose that constitutes or                 amended, relating to nondiscrimination in the sale,
              presents the appearance of personal or organizational                   rental or financing of housing; (i) any other
              conflict of interest, or personal gain.                                 nondiscrimination provisions in the specific statute@)
                                                                                      under which application for Federal assistance is being
        4.    Will initiate and complete the work within the applicable               made; and, (j) the requirements of any other
              time frame after receipt of approval of the awarding                    nondiscrimination statute(s) which may apply to the
              agency                                                                  application.

        5.    Will comply with the Intergovernmental Personnel Act of            7. Will comply, or has already complied, with the
              1970 (42 U.S.C. §§4728-4763) relating to prescribed                   requirements of Titles II and Ill of the Uniform
              standards for merit systems for programs funded under                 Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition
              one of the 19 statutes or regulations specified in                    Policies Act of 1970 (P.L. 91-646) which provide for
              Appendix A of OPM's Standards for a Merit System of                   fair and equitable treatment of persons displaced or
              Personnel Administration (5 C.F.R. 900, Subpart F).                   whose property is acquired as a result of Federal or
                                                                                    federally-assisted programs. These requirements
                                                                                    apply to all interests in real property acquired for
        6.    Will comply with all Federal statutes relating to                     project purposes regardless of Federal participation in
              nondiscrimination. These include but are not limited to:              purchases.
              (a) Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (P.L. 88-352)
              which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color         8.   Will comply, as applicable, with provisions of the
              or national origin; (b) Title IX of the Education                       Hatch Act (5 U.S.C. §§I 501-1508 and 7324-7328)
              Amendments of 1972, as amended (20 U.S.C. §§1681-                       which limit the political activities of employees whose
              1683, and 1685-1686), which prohibits discrimination on                 principal employment activities are funded in whole
              the basis of sex; (c) Section 504 of the Rehabilitation                 or in part with Federal funds.



    Previous Edition Usable                                                                                       Standard Form 4248 (Rev. 7-97)
                                                         Authorized for Local Reproduction                      Prescribed by OMB Circular A-I02
      9. Will comply, as applicable, with the provisions of the Davis-     12. Will comply with the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of
         Bacon Act (40 U.S.C. §§276a to 276a-7), the Copeland Act              1968 (16 U.S.C. §§I271 et seq.) related to protecting
          (40 U.S.C. 9 2 7 6 ~ 18 U.S.C. §874), and the Contract
                             and                                               components or potential components of the national
         Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (40 U.S.C. §§327-                 wild and scenic rivers system.
         333), regarding labor standards for federally-assisted
         construction subagreements.                                       13. Will assist the awarding agency in assuring compliance
     10. WIII comply, if applicable, with flood insurance purchase             with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation
         requirements of Section 102(a) of the Flood Disaster                  Act of 1966, as amended (16 U.S.C. §470), EO 11593
         Protection Act of 1973 (P.L. 93-234) which requires                   (identification and protection of historic properties), and
         recipients in a special flood hazard area to participate in the       the Archaeological and Historic Preservation Act of
         program and to purchase flood insurance if the total cost of          1974 (16 U.S.C. §§469a -1 et seq.).
         insurable construction and acquisition is $10,000 or more.

                                                                           14. Will comply with P.L. 93-348 regarding the protection of
     11. Will comply with environmental standards which may be                 human subjects involved in research, development, and
         prescribed pursuant to the following: (a) institution of              related activities supported by this award of assistance.
         environmental quality control measures under the National
         Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (P.L. 91-190) and
         Executive Order (EO) 11514; (b) notification of violating         15. Will comply with the Laboratory Animal Welfare Act of
         facilities pursuant to EO 11738; (c) protection of wetlands           1966 (P.L. 89-544, as amended, 7 U.S.C. §§2131 et
         pursuant to EO 11990; (d) evaluation of flood hazards in              seq.) pertaining to the care, handling, and treatment of
         floodplains in accordance with EO 11988; (e) assurance of             warm blooded animals held for research, teaching, or
         project consistency with the approved State management                other activities supported by this award of assistance.
         program developed under the Coastal Zone Management
         Act of 1972 (16 U.S.C. §§1451 et seq.); (f) conformity of
                                                                           16. Will comply with the Lead-Based Paint Poisoning
         Federal actions to State (Clean Air) Implementation Plans
                                                                               Prevention Act (42 U.S.C. §§4801 et seq.) which
         under Section 176(c) of the Clean Air Act of 1955, as
                                                                               prohibits the use of lead-based paint in construction or
         amended (42 U.S.C. §§7401 et seq.); (g) protection of
                                                                               rehabilitation of residence structures.
         underground sources of drinking water under the Safe
         Drinking Water Act of 1974, as amended (P.L. 93-523);             17. Will cause to be performed the required financial and
         and, (h) protection of endangered species under the                   compliance audits in accordance with the Single Audit
         Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (P.L. 93-                  Act Amendments of 1996 and OMB Circular No. A-1 33,
         205).                                                                 "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit
                                                                               Organizations."

                                                                           18. Will comply with all applicable requirements of all other
                                                                               Federal laws, executive orders, regulations, and policies
                                                                               governing this program.




1'   SIGNATURE OF AUTHORIZED CERTIFYING OFFICIAL                            I   *TITLE




     El Paso Community College

                                                                                                            Standard Form 4248 (Rev. 7- 97) Back
SF-LLL DISCLOSURE OF LOBBYING
           ACTIVITIES
                                                  DISCLOSURE OF LOBBYING ACTIVITIES                                                                        Approved by OMS
                   Complete this form to disclose lobbying activities pursuant to 31 U.S.C. 1352                   0348-0046
                                      (See reverse for public burden disclosure.)
1. Type of Federal Action:            2. Status of Federal Action:             3. Report Type: 

 IT]   a. contract 
                         ~a. bid/offer/application                   a. initial filing
       b. grant                               . . b. initial award                       b. material change
       c. cooperative agreement                   c. post-award                       For Material Change Only: 

       d.loan 
                                                                          year              quarter
       e. loan guarantee                                                                 date of last report
       f. loan insurance
4. Name and Address of Reporting Entity:                     5. If Reporting Entity in No.4 is a Subawardee, Enter Name
   IZl Prime              Subawardee o                         and Address of Prime:
                         Tier        , ifknown:
  El Paso Community College District
  P.O. Box 20500 

  El Paso, TX 79998-0500 


   COngressional District, if known: TX-16                                                       Congressional District, if known:
6. Federal Department/Agency:                                                                  7. Federal Program Name/Description:
  U.S. Department of Commerce                                                                    BTOP, Sustainable Broadband Adoption, Track 3 

  National Telecommunications & Information 

  Administration 
                                                                               CFDA Number, if applicable: 11.557

8. Federal Action Number, ifknown:                                                             9. Award Amount, if known:
                                                                                                  $
10. a. Name and Address of Lobbying Registrant                                                 b. Individuals Performing Services (including address if
       (if individual, last name, first name, MI):                                                 different from No. 10a)
  NONE                                                                                             (last name, first name, M/):
                                                                                                 NONE

                                                                                                                            /I   11
                                                                                                                                      /JA
11                                                                                             Signatu~                  L;L...fj", JK---L.
                                                                                                                                                ---
       Information requested through this form IS authorized by title 31 U,S,C, section                             c#
     • 1352. 	 This disclosure of lobbying activitIes is a matenal representation of fact 

       upon which reliance was ptaced by the tier above when this transaction was made 

       or entered into. This disclosure is required pursuant to 31 U.S.C, 1352. This 
         Print Name: Richard M. Rhodes, Ph.D.
       information will be reported to the Congress sem~annually and will be available lor 

       public inspection. Any person who fails to file the required disclosure shall be 
      Title:   President
       subject to a cMI penalty of not less that $10.000 and not more than $100,000 for
      each such failure.                                                                       Telephone No.: (9152831-6511                        Date:     08-12-09

Federal Use Only:
                                                                                                                                      IAuthorized for Local Reproduction
                                                                                                                                          Standard Form LLL (Rev. 7-97)
ENVIRONMENTAL CHECKLIST
                                                                                                                               OMB Number: 0660-003 1
                                                                                                                               Expiration Date: 01/31/2010


                                     Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
                                              Federal Grant Application
                                      Sustainable Broadband Adoption (Track 3)

H. DOC Environmental Checklist


   c. Does the proposed action involve only minor interior renovations to a structure, facility, or installation?

              Yes




              Not Applicable


     d. Is the proposed action solely for the production and/or distribution of informational materials, brochures, or
        newsletters?

               Yes

               No

              Not Applicable




     e. Does the proposed action consist solely of training, teaching, or meeting facilitation at an existing facility or
        structure?

                    Yes

                    No

                    Not Applicable



I. Compliance and Certification

   47. Certifications and Signature
        (i) I certify that I am authorized to submit this grant application on behalf of the eligible entity(ies) listed on this
        application, that I have examined this application, that all of the information and responses in this application, including
        certifications, and forms submitted, all of which are part of this grant application, are material representations of fact and
        hue and correct to the best of my knowledge, that the entity(ies) that is requesting grant funding pursuant to this
        application and any subgrantees and subcontractors will comply with the terms, conditions, purposes, and federal
        requirements of the grant program; that no kickbacks were paid to anyone; and that a false, fictitious, or fraudulent
        statements or claims on this application are grounds for denial or termination of a grant award, and/or possible
        punishment by a fine or imprisonment as provided in 18 U. S. C. 4 1001 and civil violations of the False Claims Act.


        (ii) I certify that the entity(ies) I represent have and will comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules,
        regulations, ordinances, codes, orders and programmatic rules and requirements relating to the project. I acknowledge
        that failure to do so may result in rejection or deobligation of the grant or loan award. I acknowledge that failure to
        comply with all federal and program rules could result in civil or criminal prosecution by the appropriate law
        enforcement authorities.



                                                            Page 15 of 16
COMPLIANCE AND CERTIFICATIONS
                                                                                                                            OMB Number: 0660-0031
                                                                                                                            Expiration Date: 0 113 112010


                                    Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
                                             Federal Grant Application
                                     Sustainable Broadband Adoption (Track 3)

I. Compliance and Certification


   (iii) I certify that the entity(ies) I represent has and will comply with all applicable administrative and federal statutory,
   regulatory, and policy requirements set forth in the Department of Commerce Pre-Award Notification Requirements for
   Grants and Cooperative Agreements ("DOC Pre-Award Notification"), published in the Federal Register on February 11,
   2008 (73 FR 7696), as amended; DOC Financial Assistance Standard Terms and Conditions (Mar. 8,2009), the
   Department of Commerce American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Award Terms (Apr. 9,2009); and any Special
   Award Terms and Conditions that are included by the Grants Officer in the award.


   (iv) If requesting BTOP funding, I certify that the entity(ies) I represent has secured access to pay the 20% of total
   project cost or has petitioned the Assistant Secretary of NTIA for a waiver of the matching requirement or received a
   waiver.



   Signature of authorized person                                                     ate        08-12-09
   Print name of authorized person          Richard M . Rhodes, Ph.D .

  Title or position     President



                        Other Federal Forms and Certification Requirements

    1.) SF-424A, Budget Information Non-Construction Programs

   2.) SF-42413, Assurances Non-Construction Programs

   3.) SF-424C, Budget Information-Construction Programs

   4.) SF-424D Assurances Construction Programs

    5.) CD-346, Applicant for Funding Assistance

   6.) CD-5 11, Certification Regarding Lobbying

   7.) CD-5 12, Certification Regarding Lobbying Lower-Tier Covered Transactions

   8.) SF-LLL, Disclosure of Lobbying Activities

   9.) Legal Opinion




                                                                  Page 16 of 16
Q24 PCC; Q29 SBA – MANAGEMENT TEAM
               RESUMES
                      Richard M. Rhodes, Ph.D.

Dr. Richard M. Rhodes became President of El Paso Community College on December 1 2001. ,
Prior to being named President, Dr. Rhodes served as the Vice President of Business Services at
Salt Lake Community College in Salt Lake City, Utah since 1994. He also served with the El
Paso Community College from 1983 -1994 in the role of Vice President of Financial and
Administrative Services and Interim President. Prior to serving with EPCC, Dr. Rhodes served as
Comptroller and Accountant at New Mexico State University from 1975-1983.

A native of Alamogordo, New Mexico, Dr. Rhodes received his Bachelor of Business
Administration in Accounting and a Master of Arts in Educational Management and Development
(Higher Education) from New Mexico State University. He earned his Ph.D. in the Community
College Leadership Program at the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Rhodes is active in the El Paso community serving on the Executive Board of the Greater El
Paso Chamber of Commerce; the Board of Directors of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of
Commerce; the Board of Directors for the El Paso Cancer and Chronic Disease Consortium; the
Board of Directors for the FEMAP Foundation; the Executive Board of United Way; the Executive
Board of the Boy Scouts of America, Yucca Council; member of the Upper Rio Grande
Workforce Development Board; member of the University of Texas at El Paso Centennial
Commission; Past-Chair and current Trustee of the Del Sol Hospital Board of Trustees, and is a
founding member of the Paso del Norte Group and currently serves as Secretary. I n addition to
his local commitments, Dr. Rhodes serves as the Chair-elect of the Texas Association of
Community Colleges and Past-chair of the Texas Association of Community College Trustees
and Administrators. Dr. Rhodes also serves on the Formula Funding Advisory Committee for
the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Governor's Commission for a College Ready
Texas, the Board of Directors of the Texas Education Reform Foundation, and was recently
appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve on the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation
Board of Directors.

Dr. Rhodes has received the Distinguished Graduate Award from the Community College
Leadership Program at the University of Texas at Austin, the Minority Small Business Advocate
of the Year - Services Award from the U. S. Small Business Administration, the "Vision of
Excellence" award from the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and he a member of the El
Paso Business Hall of Fame.
Dr. Rhodes is married to Kate and they have four children: Carey Ann, a graduate of New
Mexico State University, currently living in San Jose, California - married to Bryan Kozlowski,
parents of Dr. Rhodes' grandchildren - Logan and Jackson; Kristyn, a graduate of the University
of Utah, currently living in Salt Lake City, Utah and working for University Hospital - married to
Ryan Packer, parents of their newest grandchild Adelayde; Karyn, who is a graduate from
Arizona State University, currently residing in Phoenix, Arizona; and Richard, who is also a
Texas graduate and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree at MIT in Boston.
                                           Fabiola Rubio, CPA
                                            Brief Biography

Fabiola Rubio currently serves as Vice Presidenuchief Information Officer of the lnformation Technology Division at
El Paso Community College (EPCC), which became effective July 1, 2003. Prior to being named to this position, she
served as Acting President for the College District from September 1, 2001 to December 1, 2001. Ms. Rubio also
served in other positions at EPCC to include Vice President of Resource Managemenuchief Financial Officer from
September I,   1999 to June 30, 2003, Assistant to the President and Interim Provost for Workforce Development and
Continuing Education. Her first love continues to be teaching, which she still is able to do on a part-time basis as a
tenured faculty who has been employed with EPCC for the past 26 years.

Major accomplishments include:
         Provided leadership to the development of the Digital El Paso infrastructure to provide wireless connectivity
         and computers to residents of El Paso as part of a collaborative effort with large entities such as the City
         and County of El Paso.
         Instrumental for establishing College processes to ensure EPCC students, faculty and staff have current
         technology throughout the College District.
         Developed and implemented a successful Computer RefurbishingIRecycling Program.
         Provided leadership to the development of the Orion Project, an educational collaborative between EPCC,
         UTEP and EPISD.
         Recipient of the 2008 El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce BizTech Technology Hall of Fame Award.
         Nominated twice for the Minnie Piper Stevens Award on Teaching Excellence.
         Coordinated the first articulation agreement for the College District with the Ysleta lndependent School Distict, El
         Paso lndependent School District and Gadsen, Canutillo, Socorro, Fabens, Clint and San E l i r i o secondary
         schools
         Instrumental in the cuniculum revision of collapsing the Accounting Associate of Applied Science Degree from
         three options to a single option.
         Managed and organized the cooperative education departments for several divisions.
         Provided the leadership for a fledgling Athletic Program to regional and national competition.
         Initiated the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program for the District.
         Member of the President'sAdministrativdcabinetTeam.
         Member of the El Paso Collaborative Board.

A native of El Paso, Texas, Ms. Rubio received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the
University of Texas at El Paso and a Master of Arts in Business Administration from Webster University. She is also
a Certified Public Accountant for the State of Texas, which she has held for more than 15 years.

Ms. Rubio is married to Hector and is the proud mother of three sons, Christopher, Robert and Michael. She is also
the proud grandmother of Jacob, Matthew and Rylan.
                      Dr. Ernst E. Roberts I1



Dr. Ernst E. Roberts is the Executive Assistant to the President of El Paso
Community College. He served for 18 years as a faculty member (tenured)
of the Department of Psychology at El Paso Community College. He holds a
bachelor's degree (cum laude) in psychology and pre-medicine from West
Virginia University, a master's degree in psychology from the University of
Texas at El Paso, and a doctoral degree in higher education and psychology
from Texas Tech University.

For the past 16 years, Dr. Roberts has functioned in a number of
administrative roles within higher education to include two years of service
as discipline coordinator for the Department of Psychology, seven years of
service as Director of Human Resource Development and two years in his
current position.

Roberts has published research in the areas of psychopharmacology,
learning, and holistic health. He has made numerous presentations on
various topics to community groups and state and national academic
conferences. He has served as a member of the Statewide TQM/Tech Prep
Advisory C~lrricull.~mDevelopment Advisory Committee, the American
Management Association and the American Society for Training and
Development. Additionally, he serves on the Executive Board of the Yucca
Council, Boy Scouts of America and is a past president of the El Paso Lower
Valley Rotary Club.

The current research interest of Roberts is in the application of quality
based management strategies in American education.
                                      Yolanda Chavez Ahner
                                        7724 Cedar Breaks
                                      El Paso, Texas 79904
                                          (915) 831-7724



                                            BIOGRAPHY


Ms. Yolanda Chavez Ahner has been appointed Vice President, Workforce/Economic Development and
Continuing Education for all El Paso Community College (EPCC) District programs in Continuing
Education and Workforce Development. In this capacity, she'll oversee Health, Industry Training and
Personal Enrichment, Non-Credit Business Programs, Law Enforcement Academy, Advanced
Technology Center (ATC), Senior Adult Program, Workforce Development, Small Business Development
Center, Literacy Programs, Contract Opportunities Center, and Customized Training.

Ms. Ahner served as Interim Associate Vice President (AVP) of Workforce Development and Lifelong
Learning overseeing all El Paso Community College (EPCC) District programs in Continuing Education
and Workforce Development.

Ms. Ahner retired from EPCC in 1993 while she was the Dean of Students. During the years she was
retired, she served as Director of Radford School, Campus Student Services Officer at Dona Ana
Community College, Corporate Financial Officer at Dolphin Delivery, and Consultant. Ms. Ahner also
has 18 years experience with El Paso Public Schools.

She received her Master of Education and Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University
of Texas at El Paso (formerly Texas Western College.) She was also a graduate of Austin High School.
LEGAL OPINION
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                                 DUNBAR, ARMENDARIZ & HEGEMAN, P.L.L.C.
                                              1700 N O R T H STANTON
                                              E L PASO. T E X A S 79902
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                                                              August 11,2009


Assistant Secretary
National Telecommunications and
 Information Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce
Washington, D.C. 20230

             Re:           Broadband Technology Opportunities Program -
                           Sustainability Grant Part 3

Dear Sir:

        We are general counsel for the El Paso County Community College, (the
"Applicant"). In such capacity, we acted as counsel to the Applicant in connection with
its ability to apply to the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program - Sustainability
Grant Part 3, and in the review of the grant agreement, as referenced in the Notice of
Funds Availability.

             We are of the opinion that:

       (a) the Applicant is a duly organized public institution of higher education,
existing as a political subdivision under the laws of the State of Texas;

       (b) the Applicant has statutory power: (1) to execute and deliver the agreement;
and (2) to perform all acts required to be done by it under said agreement.

       (c) no legal proceedings have been instituted or are pending against the
Applicant, the outcome of which would adversely affect the Applicant's ability to
perform the duties under the grant agreement, and there are no judgments against the
Applicant which would adversely affect the Applicant's ability to perform its duties
under the grant agreement.
Very truly yours,

D L W A R , ARMENDARIZ
 & HEGEMAN
                    n


-J   -
         EDWARD W. DUNBAR
AUTHENTICATION
                                   Certification Requirements for BTOP



                                   U.S. Department of Commerce
                            Broadband Technology Opportunities Program




I certify that I am the duly authorized representative of the applicant organization, and that I have been
authorized to submit the attached application on its behalf. A copy of the applicant organization's
authorization for me to submit this application as its official representative is on file in the applicant's
office, and I am identified as the applicant organization's Authorized Organization Representative (AOR)
in the Central Contractor Registration database. By signing this certification, I certify that the statements
contained in the application are true, complete, and accurate to the best of my knowledge, and that if an
award is made, the applicant organization will comply with all applicable award terms and conditions.




_________________________                            ____________________________________________
       (Date)                                       (Authorized Representative’s Signature)



                                                     ____________________________________________
                                                      Name:

                                                     ____________________________________________
                                                      Title:
SF-424A BUDGET INFORMATION
    NON-CONSTRUCTION
                                                                                                                                  OMB Approval No. 4040-0006
                                            BUDGET INFORMATION - Non-Construction Programs                                        Expiration Date 04/30/2008
                                                               SECTION A - BUDGET SUMMARY
      Grant Program    Catalog of Federal
       Function or                                   Estimated Unobligated Funds                         New or Revised Budget
                      Domestic Assistance
         Activity           Number                   Federal              Non-Federal          Federal        Non-Federal                    Total
           (a)                 (b)                     (c)                    (d)                (e)              (f)                         (g)

1.   Broadband                              $                       $                   $ 7,880,798.00   $ 1,683,658.00           $ 9,564,456.00
                      11.557
     Technology
     Opportunity
     Program
     Sustainable
     Broadband
     Adoption
     (Track 3)


2.
                                                                                                                                    0.00




3.                                                                                                                                 0.00




4.                                                                                                                                  0.00




5.     Totals                               $ 0.00                  $ 0.00              $ 7,880,798.00   $ 1,683,658.00           $ 9,564,456.00


                                                                                                                             Standard Form 424A (Rev. 7- 97)
                                                                                                                   Prescribed by OMB (Circular A -1 02) Page 1
                                                                 SECTION B - BUDGET CATEGORIES

6. Object Class Categories                                                    GRANT PROGRAM, FUNCTION OR ACTIVITY                                        Total
                                               (1)                      (2)                  (3)                  (4)                                     (5)
                                                     Broadband
                                                     Technology
                                                     Opportunity
                                                     Program
                                                     Sustainable
                                                     Broadband
                                                     adoption




      a. Personnel                             $     2,678,154.00       $                      $                  $                           $ 2,678,154.00

      b. Fringe Benefits                             615,979.00                                                                                   615,979.00


      c. Travel                                      5,500.00                                                                                     5,500.00

      d. Equipment                                   1,295,386.00                                                                                 1,295,386.00

      e. Supplies                                    95,034.00                                                                                    95,034.00

      f. Contractual                                                                                                                              0.00

      g. Construction                                                                                                                             0.00

      h. Other                                       3,190,745.00                                                                                 3,190,745.00

      i. Total Direct Charges (sum of 6a-6h)                                0.00                   0.00               0.00                    $ 7,880,798.00
                                                     7,880,798.00

      j. Indirect Charges                                                                                                                     $ 0.00


      k. TOTALS (sum of 6i and 6j)             $ 7,880,798.00           $ 0.00                 $ 0.00              $ 0.00                     $ 7,880,798.00




7. Program Income                              $                        $                      $                  $                           $

                                                                       Authorized for Local Reproduction                                Standard Form 424A (Rev. 7- 97)
                                                                                                                             Prescribed by OMB (Circular A -1 02) Page 1A
                                                                SECTION C - NON-FEDERAL RESOURCES
                         (a) Grant Program                                       (b) Applicant                    (c) State     (d) Other Sources                    (e) TOTALS

8.                                                                         $ 1,549,606.00              $                       $ 134,052.00              $ 1,683,658.00
      Sustainable Broadband Adoption

9.
                                                                                                                                                             0.00


10.
                                                                                                                                                             0.00


11.
                                                                                                                                                             0.00


12. TOTAL (sum of lines 8-11)                                              $ 1,549,606.00              $ 0.00                  $ 134,052.00              $ 1,683,658.00
                                                                SECTION D - FORECASTED CASH NEEDS
                                                     Total for 1st Year           1st Quarter                    2nd Quarter         3rd Quarter                    4th Quarter
13. Federal                                       $ 2,845,361.00           $ 711,341.00                $ 711,340.00            $ 711,340.00              $ 711,340.00
14. Non-Federal                                   $ 561,219.00                140,305.00                   140,305.00            140,305.00                  140,305.00

15. TOTAL (sum of lines 13 and 14)                $ 3,406,580.00           $ 851,646.00                $ 851,645.00            $ 851,645.00              $ 851,645.00

                                   SECTION E - BUDGET ESTIMATES OF FEDERAL FUNDS NEEDED FOR BALANCE OF THE PROJECT
                          (a) Grant Program                                                                 FUTURE FUNDING PERIODS (YEARS)
                                                                                     (b) First               (c)Second            (d) Third                         (e) Fourth

16.                                                                        $ 2,845,361.00              $ 2,690,175.00          $ 2,345,262.00            $
      Sustainable Broadband Adoption

17.



15.


19.


20. TOTAL (sum of lines 16 - 19)                                          $ 2,845,361.00      $ 2,690,175.00                   $ 2,345,262.00            $ 0.00
                                                              SECTION F - OTHER BUDGET INFORMATION

21. Direct Charges:                                                                      22. Indirect Charges:
                       $7,880,798

23. Remarks:

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                    SUSTAINABLE BROADBAND ADOPTION -TRACK 3
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Awareness and


                                                                  BTOP Partners
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION 1
  August 10,2009                             for
                             Community and Economic Development
  Dr. Richard Rhodes, President
  El Paso Community College
  9050 Viscount Blvd, Bldg A
  El Paso, TX 79925

  Re: Letter of Commitment, Broadband Technology Opportunity Program Grant

  Dear Dr. Rhodes:

  The El Paso Collaborative for Community and Economic Development (the Collaborative)
  strongly supports the El Paso Community College application for El Paso's Broadband
  Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP)/Sustainable Broadband Adoption (SBA) grant
  application, entitled: "Digital El Paso". This grant will fund programs and services to address
  some of the greatest needs of our unserved and underserved community for access to computers
  and electronic resources for education to support workforce readiness for 21 st Century and
  Green Job development, creation, retention, growth. The grant builds on other El Paso
  collaborative BTOP grants being submitted to find Public Computer Centers that will provide
  literacy, health, and training to bridge the digital divide, and broadband Internet access.

  The El Paso Collaborative in collaboration with all grant partners, will provide facilities,
  resources, technology , and programs to drive broadband adoption/use by facilitating programs
  including: workforce/certification training, free PCs refurbished by EPCC students, Tech
  Counseling to help people understand how to buy their first computer, the El Paso Collaborative
  Tech Empowerment PC loanlpurchase program, and the delivery of high skill and high tech
  training and certification programs, for all populations in the El Paso Community College service
  area. The El Paso Collaborative commits to accomplishing a portion of the 20% match for this
  grant through $28,200 in-kind finding. The match is comprised of $24,200, the cost of monthly
  living allowance and VISTA support for 4 ArneriCorps*VISTA members (25% FTE) plus
  $4,000 grants for low-income families that finance their computers.

 El Paso Community College recognizes that the three building blocks for a successful Digital El
 Paso are 1) access to free Internet access, 2) access to free or affordable refurbished or new
 computers and software, and 3) computer literacy training. These elements have the potential to
 position our workforce to compete in the global economy and bridge the digital divide.



                                                                                                    1
1359 Lomaland Drive, Room 516       El Paso, Texas 79935     Tel: 915.590.1210    Fax: 915.590.1219
 Digital El Paso represents the absolute best and the power of the El Paso community working
 together. On behalf of the El Paso Collaborative, I support the El Paso Community College
 application for El Paso Broadband Infrastructure (BTOP) funds to help us grow Digital El Paso.

 Sincerely yours,
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 Executive Director




                                                                                                  2
1359 Lomaland Drive, Room 5 16     El Paso, Texas 79935    Tel: 915.590.1210    Fax: 915.590.1219
                                                                                                                                            Upper Rio Grande
                                                                                                                                            Workforce Development Board
                                                                                                                                            221 N. Kansas, Suite 1000
                                                      r-                                                                                    El Paso, Texas 79901
                                            UPPER RIO GRAND€
                                                                                                                                            915.772.2002
                     Brewster     Culberson El Paso         Hudspeth Jeff Davis         Presidio                                            Fax 915.351.2790


                   August 7,2009

                   Dr. Richard Rhodes, President
                   El Paso Community College
                   9050 Viscount Blvd, Bldg A
                   El Paso, TX 79925

                   Re: Letter of Commitment, Broadband Technology Oppoltunity Program Grant

                   Dear Dr. Rhodes,

                   The Upper Rio Grande Workforce Development Board strongly supports the El Paso
                   Community College application for El Paso's Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
                   (BTOP), Sustainable Broadband Adoption (SBA) grant application, entitled: "Digital El Paso"
                   This grant will fund programs and services to address some of the greatest needs of our
                   unserved and underserved community for access to computers and electronic resources for
                   education to support workforce readiness for 21st Century and Green Job creation,
                   development, growth and retention. The grant builds on other El Paso collaborative BTOP
                   grants being submitted to fund Public Computer Centers that will provide literacy, health and
                   training to bridge the digital divide and broadband Internet access.

                   The Upper Rio Grande Workforce Development Board believes that this grant and the
                   collaborative effort of all grant partners will provide the facilities, resources, technology and
                   advanced programs necessary to drive broadband adoption and use by facilitating programs
                   that include workforce development and certification training, free PCs refurbished by EPCC
                   students for use within the project, Tech Counseling to help people understand broadband
                   service, benefits and how to acquire their first computer, the El Paso Collaborative Tech
                   Empowerment PC loanlpurchase program, and the delivery of high skill and high tech training
                   and certification programs for all populations in the El Paso Community College service area.

                   El Paso Community College recognizes that the three building blocks for a successful Digital El
                   Paso are 1) access to free Internet service, 2) access to free computers and software, and 3)
                   computer literacy training. These elements have the potential to position our workforce to
                   compete in the global economy and bridge the digital divide.

                   Digital El Paso represents the absolute best and the power of the El Paso community working
                   together. On behalf of the Upper Rio Grande Workforce Development Board, I support the El
                   Paso Community College application for El Paso Broadband Infrastructure (BTOP) funds to help




                   Lorenzo Reyes. Jr.
                   Chief Executive Officer




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      August 10,2009

      Dr. Richard Rhodes, President
      El Paso Community College
      9050 Viscount Blvd., Bldg. A
      El Paso, TX 79925


      Re:    Letter of Commitment, Broadband Technology Opportunity Program Grant


      Dear Dr. Rhodes,

   The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce strongly supports the El Paso Community
   College application for El Paso's Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
   (BTOP)/Sustainable Broadband Adoption (SBA) grant application, entitled: "Digital El
   Paso". This Grant will fund programs and services to address some of the greatest needs
   of our unserved and underserved community for access to computers and electronic
   resources for education to support workforce readiness for 2 1" Century and Green Job
   development, creation, retention, and growth. The grant builds on other El Paso
   collaborative BTOP grants being submitted to fund Public Computer Center that will
   provide literacy, health, and training to bridge the digital divide, and broadband Internet
   access.

   The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with all grant partners, will
   provide facilities, resources, technology, and programs to drive broadband adoptioduse
   by facilitating programs including: workforce/certification training, free PCs furnished
   by EPCC students, Tech Counseling to help people understand how to buy their first
   computer, the El Paso Collaborative Tech Empowerment PC loanlpurchase program, and
   the delivery of high skill and high tech training and certification programs, for all
   populations in the El Paso Community College service area. The Greater El Paso
   Chamber of Commerce commits to accomplishing a portion of the 20% match for this
   grant through $9,400.00 in-kind funding. The match is comprised of $6,400.00 of in
   kind rental space of the Cactus room for 8 half - to full day trainings valued at $800.00
   each use and in-kind rental space for a small meeting room for 12 - 4 hour training
   session valued at $250.00 each use.

      El Paso Community College recognizes that the three building blocks for a successful
      Digital El Paso are 1) access to free Internet access, 2) access to free computers and
      software, and 3) computer literacy training. These elements have the potential to position
      our workforce to compete in the global economy and bridge the digital divide.



            Ten Civic Center Plaza El Paso, TX 79901 *915-534-0500 Fax 915-534-0510 *www.elpaso.org
                                          www.voteelpaso.org
Digital El Paso represents the absolute best and the power of the El Paso community
working together. On behalf of The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, I support
the El Paso Community application for El Paso Broadband Infrastructure (BTOP) funds
to help us grow Digital El Paso.


Sincerely Yours,



Minda Villarreal
Vice President, Business Development Division
The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION 2
August 17, 2009



Dr. Richard Rhodes, President
El Paso Community College
9050 Viscount Blvd, Bldg A
El Paso, TX 79925


Re: Letter of Commitment, Broadband Technology Opportunity Program Grant



Dear Dr. Rhodes:

The El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce strongly supports the El Paso Community
College application for El Paso’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
(BTOP)/Sustainable Broadband Adoption (SBA) grant application, entitled: “Digital El
Paso”. This grant will fund programs and services to address some of the greatest
needs of our unserved and underserved community for access to computers and
electronic resources for education to support workforce readiness for 21st Century and
Green Job development, creation, retention, growth. The grant builds on other El Paso
collaborative BTOP grants being submitted to fund Public Computer Centers that will
provide literacy, health, and training to bridge the digital divide, and broadband Internet
access.

The El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, believes that this grant in collaboration
with all grant partners, will provide the facilities, resources, technology, and programs to
drive broadband adoption/use by facilitating programs including: workforce/certification
training, free PCs refurbished by EPCC students, Tech Counseling to help people
understand how to buy their first computer, the El Paso Collaborative Tech
Empowerment PC loan/purchase program, and the delivery of high skill and high tech
training and certification programs, for all populations in the El Paso Community College
service area.

El Paso Community College recognizes that the three building blocks for a successful
Digital El Paso are 1) access to free Internet access, 2) access to free computers and
software, and 3) computer literacy training. These elements have the potential to
position our workforce to compete in the global economy and bridge the digital divide.
Digital El Paso represents the absolute best and the power of the El Paso community
working together. On behalf of El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, I support the El
Paso Community College application for El Paso Broadband Infrastructure (BTOP) funds
to help us grow Digital El Paso.

Sincerely,

El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce




Cindy Ramos-Davidson
Chief Executive Officer




                      2401 E. Missouri · El Paso, Texas · 79903

                      (915) 566-4066 phone · (915) 566-9714 fax
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              August 10,2009

              Dr. Richard modes, President
              El Paso Community College
              9050 Viscount Blvd., Bldg. A
              El Paso, TX 79925


              Re:      Letter of Commitment, Broadband Technology Opportunity Program Grant


              Dear Dr. modes,

              The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce strongly supports the El Paso Community
              College application for El Paso's Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
              (BTOP)/SustainableBroadband Adoption (SBA) grant application, entitled: "Digital El
              Paso". This Grant will fimd programs and services to address some of the greatest needs
              of our unserved and underserved community for access to computers and electronic
              resources for education to support workforce readiness for 2 1'' Century and Green Job
              development, creation, retention, and growth. The grant builds on other El Paso
              collaborative BTOP grants being submitted to fimd Public Computer Center that will
              provide literacy, health, and training to bridge the digital divide, and broadband Internet
              access.

              The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with all grant partners, will
              provide facilities, resources, technology, and programs to drive broadband adoption/use
              by facilitating programs including: workforce/certification training, fkee PCs furnished
              by EPCC students, Tech Counseling to help people understand how to buy their first
              computer, the El Paso Collaborative Tech Empowerment PC loanlpurchase program, and
              the delivery of high skill and high tech training and certification programs, for all
              populations in the El Paso Community College service area. The Greater El Paso
              Chamber of Commerce commits to accomplishing a portion of the 20% match for this
              grant through $9,400.00 in-kind fimding. The match is comprised of $6,400.00 of in
              kind rental space of the Cactus room for 8 half - to full day trainings valued at $ 800.00
              each use and in-kind rental space for a small meeting room for 12 - 4 hour training
              session valued at $250.00 each use.

              El Paso Community College recognizes that the three building blocks for a successful
              Digital El Paso are 1) access to free Internet access, 2) access to fkee computers and
              software, and 3) computer literacy training. These elements have the potential to position
              our workforce to compete in the global economy and bridge the digital divide.



                      Ten Civic Center Plaza El Paso, TX 79901 915-534-0500 Fax 915-534-051 0 www.elpaso.org
                                                    www.voteelpaso.org
Digital El Paso represents the absolute best and the power of the El Paso community
working together. On behalf of The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, I support
the El Paso Community application for El Paso Broadband Infrastructure (BTOP) funds
to help us grow Digital El Paso.


Sincerely Yours,



Minda Villarreal
Vice President, Business Development Division
The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce
mv~llarreal(~c~el~aso.org
91 5-629-6714

				
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