BSCTC announces dates for fiber optic training


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PIKEVILLE – Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) has announced new dates for its fiber optics training program.

The program is part of the Kentucky Telecommunications Installation and Maintenance Training program, a collaboration between BSCTC and the University of Pikeville (UPIKE).

BSCTC will offer three industry-leading certifications – Certified Fiber Optic Technician (24 hours, three days), Certified Fiber Optic Specialist in Testing and Maintenance (16 hours, two days) and Certified Fiber Optic Splicing Specialist (16 hours, two days). All classes are sanctioned by the Fiber-Optics Association (FOA) and classes will be taught be Austin, Texas-based BDI DataLynk, an internationally recognized fiber optic training company.

“The offering of these fiber optic certificates times perfectly with the construction of the Kentucky Information Highway,” said BSCTC President Dr. Devin Stephenson. The Kentucky Information Highway project is expected to start this year and bring world-class connectivity (dark fiber) to the region. “The installation, maintenance and long-term job prospects are good and we are equipping students with a global trade that is in high demand.”

A Certified Fiber Optic Technician course will run from September 28-30 on BSCTC’s Pikeville campus. Other classes are scheduled for October 5-7, October 19-21, November 9-11, November 30-December 2 and December 14-16. A Certified Fiber Optic Specialist in Testing and Maintenance course will run from October 1-2 on BSCTC’s Pikeville campus. Other classes are scheduled for October 8-9, October 22-23, November 12-13, December 3-4 and December 17-18. A Certified Fiber Optic Splicing Specialist course will run from October 3-4 on BSCTC’s Pikeville campus. Other classes are scheduled for October 10-11, October 24-25, November 14-15, December 5-6 and December 19-20.

Kelli Hall, Pikeville campus coordinator and director of Workforce Solutions and the Kentucky Coal Academy at BSCTC, said the fiber optic trainings will provide new opportunities for employment in the region and beyond. “The skills acquired in our trainings will be world-class and cutting edge,” she said. “Those who complete this program will be on the front lines of putting our region on the right side of the digital divide.”

For more information, contact Kelli Hall at 606-218-1275 or email kelli.hall@kctcs.edu or Sally Porter at (606) 218-1276 or email sporter0044@kctcs.edu.

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