PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC), its Workforce Solutions division and the University of Pikeville (UPike) announce the creation of the Kentucky Regional Telecommunications Installation and Maintenance Training Program.

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June 29, 2015
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BSCTC, UPIKE ANNOUNCE CREATION OF KENTUCKY REGIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS PROGRAM

BSCTC WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS TO OFFER THREE INDUSTRY-SANCTIONED CERTIFICATION COURSES ON JULY 27

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC), its Workforce Solutions division and the University of Pikeville (UPike) announce the creation of the Kentucky Regional Telecommunications Installation and Maintenance Training Program.

The program, the first of its kind in Eastern Kentucky, correlates with the construction of the Kentucky Information Highway (I-Highway), which is set to begin in August.

The Telecommunications Installation and Maintenance Training Program is set to begin on July 27. Sanctioned by the Fiber-Optics Association (FOA), BSCTC will offer a trio of certifications taught by Austin, Texas-based BDI DataLynk, an internationally recognized fiber-optic training company.

The certifications include:

• Certified Fiber Optics Technician (CFOT) (24 hours, three days)
• Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Testing and Maintenance (CFOS/T) (16 hours, two days)
• Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Splicing (CFOS/S) (16 hours, two days)

“Our region is poised to stand on the right side of the digital divide and the world-class connectivity that comes with the Kentucky Information Highway brings a wealth of potential for new investments from business and industry,” said Dr. Devin Stephenson, president of BSCTC. “It is important that our college be responsive during these exciting times and work collaboratively with regional partners.”

The certification courses are part of an expansive stackable credential program that can lead to an associate degree at BSCTC. The college and UPike have partnered to provide a seamless transfer to a baccalaureate degree in telecommunications.

“It is the responsibility of the colleges and universities serving Eastern Kentucky to prepare our workforce for the jobs that are going to be available,” said Paul E. Patton, interim president and chancellor at the UPike. “A partnership between the university and Big Sandy Community and Technical College is the most efficient way to achieve this goal. The program is among the many ways we can, and do, work together to serve the people of our region.”

Jeff Whitehead, executive director of the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP), said his organization is providing financial support because “it’s a good investment into our workforce.”

“This is a great opportunity to gain valuable skills in just seven days to prepare for jobs we know are coming to the region,” said Whitehead. EKCEP is the workforce investment board that serves 23 counties in eastern Kentucky.

Jim Hayes, president of FOA, added: “FOA is very pleased to be working with Big Sandy Community and Technical College and BDI Datalynk to support the Kentucky Regional Telecommunications Installation and Maintenance Training Program. Fiber optic communications is the No. 1 priority for communities in the 21st century. It powers the future economy and brings economic development to those communities which recognize its importance.”

Jared Arnett, executive director of Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR), said he is encouraged by local leaders taking commitments to help the region overcome obstacles.”

“The partnership between BSCTC and UPike is a clear sign that they share in the belief in belonging to a unified region,” said Arnett. “This telecommunications project will pave the way for broadband technology and future economic development opportunities for eastern Kentucky.”

For more information contact Kelli Hall at 606-218-1275 or email kelli.hall@kctcs.edu.

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Big Sandy Community and Technical College and its Workforce Solutions division will launch a trio of certification courses for the Kentucky Regional Telecommunications Installation and Maintenance Training Program on July 27.

Here are a description of the certification courses:

Certified Fiber Optics Technician (CFOT)
This three-day Basic Certified Fiber Optics Technician Course explores the theory and history of fiber optics data transmission and is designed for anyone wanting to become certified in the basic installation, troubleshooting and testing techniques of installed fiber optics networks as required per industry standards. Certification Exams (both written and hands-on) are administered and graded at no additional cost at the end of the session. This program includes 85% hands-on activities by allowing the student to build and test his/her own fiber optics network. This course is sanctioned by the Fiber Optic Association (FOA).

Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Testing & Maintenance (CFOS/T)
A focal point in this two-day program is to offer a general, easy to understand, approach to fiber optics testing standards with little theory and considerable hands on activities. This comprehensive program explains the variety of testing standards, equipment, and technological approaches used in fiber network testing and maintenance and how to choose among them. This 85% hands-on course includes a detailed study of fiber network testing and troubleshooting procedures, OTDR fundamentals and uses, OTDR vs. Insertion Loss Testing, Return Loss Testing, and Attenuation testing using the Power Source and Light Meter. Certification Exams (both written and hands-on) are administered and graded at no additional cost at the end of the session. This course is sanctioned by the Fiber Optic Association (FOA).

Certified Fiber optics Specialist in Splicing (CFOS/S)
This two-day Splicing Specialist Training includes a presentation explaining the importance of high performance splicing and further details the points necessary to achieve these splices. The depth of this presentation is much greater than most textbooks and provides background information about splicing that is very important to the student. An overview of OTDR functions and trace understanding is also provided during this presentation. 95% hands-on classroom activities will provide training in both fusion and mechanical splicing of single mode fiber optic cables. The student will be responsible for successfully making and testing fiber optic mechanical and fusion splices. In addition to the basic splicing activities outlined above, the student will further be required to correctly and efficiently install spliced fibers into splice trays and trays into enclosures. The student will further be required to achieve a splice loss of less than 0.15 dB for all splices and demonstrate proficiency in interpretation of splice loss using OTDR splice traces during troubleshooting and repair session. This course is sanctioned by the Fiber Optic Association (FOA).

For more information contact Kelli Hall at 606-218-1275 or email kelli.hall@kctcs.edu.

Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) is committed to providing accessible, high-quality learning to meet the educational and workforce needs of the Big Sandy region. With campuses in Prestonsburg, Paintsville, Hager Hill and Pikeville, BSCTC offers 27 programs and more than 200 credentials with an emphasis on innovation in learning and student access, transfer and success. Visit www.bigsandy.kctcs.edu to learn more.

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