April 30, 2018
By: Curt Carlson
During several recent customer visits, we discussed the challenges of budget cycles, and in particular, how these schools allocate spend-down money. We agreed that the normal budget cycle is the most frequently used to acquire tools and technologies; however, spend-down dollars can be a great way to get started with a BodyViz solution. If you’ve recently uncovered some spend-down budget, contact us and we’ll work diligently to fit a solution to your budget. We also noted that BodyViz’ s new subscription pricing option can help schools get started or expand the use of BodyViz – whether it is through the conventional budget process or through spend-down money. In any case, you can make meaningful investments in virtual dissection technology using spend-down money.
Related to the budget subject, these visits also noted strategies for consistently evaluating grant funding opportunities. Numerous sources for external funding exist including the U.S. Department of Labor through the Workforce Innovation Fund, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Education, and the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Perkins Funding is a popular option with institutions that teach technical education. This grant is awarded to secondary and post-secondary institutions who have career and technical education (CTE) programs. Funding is awarded annually and Perkins has been a great resource for departments who struggle to get technology projects approved via the conventional budget process. Collin College in McKinney, Texas secured a Perkins grant to invest in BodyViz. Jackie Langford, Director of Healthcare Simulation, recently described the process:
“You cannot count on having spend-down money, and getting things approved in our regular budget can be harder than pulling teeth at times. When funding like Perkins comes along, everyone tried to jump on board,” she said. “In our department, we have already submitted initial proposals of intent to participate in this year’s Perkins process. We still have several weeks to submit the actual proposals once our leadership team approves what to submit (May-June timeframe).”
Finally, regarding my subscription comment above, we’ve been eager to introduce a new subscription pricing option. While we still offer our standard licensing solutions, the new subscription model has been very well received since its soft launch earlier this year. A subscription plan is a great option for those schools who have budget challenges and/or are not in the construction or renovation process. Due to the flexibility and scalability of BodyViz, we can tailor solutions based on your situation including adding our new eLearning content. Look for an official announcement on our eLearning modules in the next few weeks.
We understand that finding funding for new technology investments can be challenging. My team and I are available to help as you work to bring innovative technology and cutting-edge content to your students. We look forward to serving you soon.
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