Team Fishel to participate in job fair


Company looking for fiber optic workers

Staff Report



PRESTONSBURG – Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) has announced that Team Fishel will be on hand during an upcoming Job Fair to screen workers for fiber optics installation and maintenance positions.

The Louisville-based company will have representatives on hand during a Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday on the Prestonsburg campus (Student Center) of BSCTC. The event is being sponsored by BSCTC, the Kentucky Coal Academy, Big Sandy Community Action Program, Kentucky Career Center JobSight and the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc.

BSCTC has been a leader in fiber optics training in eastern Kentucky. They were the first college in eastern Kentucky to offer a Fiber Optics Association (FOA) sanctioned course, and is the only entity in the state to offer an Outside Plant Cabling certification. The college also offers four certifications as a Certified Fiber Optic Technician, Certified Fiber Optics Specialist/Testing & Maintenance, Fiber Optics Splicing Specialist and Certified Fiber Optic Specialist in Outside Plant (OSP) Cabling.

“We saw the opportunity before it became evident to others,” said Kelli Hall, interim dean of career education and workforce development at BSCTC. “We have a workforce in place to do the work of the Kentucky Wired project, and we are continuing to retrain and retool individuals, specifically those displaced from coal mining jobs, in exciting careers in fiber optics.”

Representatives from BSCTC’s Workforce Solutions division will be on hand to discuss the Fiber Optics Training program. The accelerated training provides all four credentials in a little over a week. The next class is set for May 16.

Later this year, BSCTC will break ground on the state’s first Advanced Technology Center. The fiber-to-desk facility will be the new home of the Fiber Optics program, as well as the Broadband Technology program, which was approved by the Kentucky Community and Technical College board of regents in March. The program is the first of its kind in Kentucky.

For more information, call Kelli Hall at (606) 218-1275 or email kelli.hall@kctcs.edu.

Company looking for fiber optic workers

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