Fiber-focused groups in Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware are set to offer a free certification program for Fiber Broadband Association members as continuing workforce enrichment. Telecompetitor reported that S&N Communication and the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives are spearheading the effort to offer the program in the eastern U.S.
The partners plan to launch the first set of courses in the Optical Telecom Installation Certification (OpTIC) Path program in 2023. The OpTIC program launched in March and is now offered by more than 40 colleges, learning institutions, and employers across 32 states.
Deborah Kish, Vice President of Research and Workforce Development at the Fiber Broadband Association, aims to expand the program to “all 56 U.S. states and territories.” She added, “This partnership will amplify our efforts to train a force of fiber technicians that can safely and efficiently deploy fiber and close the digital equity gap.”
Telecompetitor reported that the program is an ongoing effort to “create a large, robust, and well-educated broadband workforce capable of enabling the industry to take advantage of the great level of investments from service providers and grants from states and the federal government.”