Questeq is seeking an experienced Account Manager to join our growing team. The Account Manager is responsible for generating revenue and developing new business through self-generated as well as incoming leads. This position requires a high achiever and results-oriented contributor who thrives in an entrepreneurial and customer-focused environment. Territory includes Pennsylvania with the potential to expand to other states. Travel required is 25-50%. Experience in the K-12 school district market is a plus.
Students at North Hills School District were recently recognized at the 2015 Regional Pennsylvania High School Computer Fair, for their excellence in utilizing and applying technology tools. The high school students were awarded a total of seven honors, including three first place finishes, at the regional competition held in March. The first place winners qualified to compete in the statewide competition, being held on May 19th, at Dickinson College.
North Hills School District has relied on Questeq to manage the technology program for over 5 years. We look forward to supporting and congratulating more award-winning students at NHSD for years to come.
Good luck to the first place winners at the state competition!
The E-rate program has provided discounted telecommunications and information services to eligible schools and libraries since the late 1990’s. In 2014, to catch up with the rapidly changing technology landscape, the FCC issued an E-rate Modernization Order. For the first time in over a decade, the vast majority of school districts and libraries are able to take advantage of substantial discounts for wired and wireless connectivity projects.
At Questeq, Project Services provides our customers consulting services to get the most value from the E-Rate funds available to them. In addition to assisting with category one services, our team provides the initial planning and research needed to apply for category two funding. Learn about category one and category two eligible services here.
Our team performs an in-depth site visit and creates a plan for optimal wireless and wired placement within the school building. Wiring closets are also analyzed to determine wiring and equipment needs. We then provide the planning and needs assessment to our Questeq technology directors so time isn’t taken away from their daily duties. In addition, we also provide E-rate consulting and submission services so our team can manage the whole process for our districts.
There is plenty of funding available for the 2016-17 school year. The deadline has past to apply for 2015-16 but it’s not too late to start planning for 16-17 funding. Here is a typical timeline:
- In late November, file a Form 470¹ . This is a notice that the district intends to purchase goods or services from an eligible E-rate provider.
- Prepare and distribute a Request for Proposal (RFP). This typically includes advertising the opportunity to bid in local newspapers.
- Budget for the district’s fair share, that is, the portion of the project not subsidized by E-rate.
- Open bids at least 28 days after the RFP has been released.
- Select the vendor of choice using price as the most significant evaluation criteria.
- Negotiate a contract.
- Obtain administration approval.
- Obtain Board approval, usually at the February Board meeting.
- File Form 471² , the request for funding. The deadline for this filing is usually around March 15th.
If you are a Questeq customer and would like to utilize Project Services for E-rate planning and submission please contact us today.
To learn more about E-rate and the modernization order, click here.
¹The Description of Services Requested and Certification Form is an FCC form that schools and libraries complete to request services and establish eligibility. The completed form is posted to USAC’s website for potential bidders to review, which opens the competitive bidding process for services desired that are eligible for discounts under the E-rate Program.
²The Services Ordered and Certification Form is an FCC form that schools and libraries use to report services ordered and discounts requested for those services.
Due to Questeq’s recent and current growth, we have expanded our office by 1,700 RSF, which includes a complete sales wing, conference room and a technology testing and design lab. The three new office spaces will allow us to expand and grow our sales team with a focus on the national K-12 education market.
Also, we are currently seeking a Technical Recruiter to cultivate and acquire new team members for Questeq. This position is a continuation of our dedication and focus to find the best-equipped employees to support our customers. If you are interested in the position, please visit our job board.
On January 19th, South Side Middle School hosted the PAMLE Western Region Professional Development Institute. The Middle School was chosen as the host school this year after being selected as a PA Don Eichhorn Schools: “Schools to Watch” (PA STW). This yearly event is held for middle level educators across Western Pennsylvania and over 200 educators, principals and students were in attendance this year. South Side had several staff members presenting on various topics throughout the day.
Questeq, along with our SSSD Director of Technology Michael Lipnicky and Desktop Engineer Barret Mergenthaler, had the opportunity to participate in a vendor fair during the institute to showcase how our model could assist other districts in achieving their technology goals. South Side Area School District has been a valued customer since 2009 and we were happy to partner with them for an event like this.