Nunez Community College in St. Bernard Parish is partnering with BDI DataLynk to offer three certification courses in Fiber Optics over the course of five days in September.
Job opportunities in the field of Fiber Optics are expected to grow across the country over the next decade as high-speed internet and communications become more common in both business and residential use. According to Ziprecruiter.com, the average Fiber Optic Technician salary is currently more than $50,000 per year, and salaries range up to nearly $75,000 per year.
Technicians can work in the field, installing networks at homes, businesses and throughout communities, or in manufacturing settings where Fiber Optic components and systems are created.
Past completers of the BDI DataLynk Fiber Optic Certification courses from across the country have praised the program’s heavy use of hands-on training and attention to individual students.
“This is one of the best if not the best certification courses I have ever taken. The hands-on sessions were very instrumental in preparing me for a job,” said Dennis K. of Dickinson, Texas.
“The one-on-one time with the students was great. The instructor spent a considerable amount of time with those that needed a little extra help on certain procedures,” said Morris M. of Kenetic, Okla.
Nunez and BDI DataLynk will begin certification courses with the introductory Fiber Optic Technician (CFOT) Certification Sept. 6-8, with classes running from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. This $875 course combines theory and hands-on activities to teach students to identify fiber types, recognize various connectors used in fiber installation, and install, terminate, splice, and properly test installed fiber cable to existing standards.
The CFOT course is also a prerequisite for the following certification courses.
On Sept. 9, Nunez will offer Fiber Optics Specialist in Testing and Maintenance (CFOS/T) Certification. A focal point in this $770 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 splicing and how to choose among them.
On Sept. 10, Nunez will offer Fiber Optics Specialist in Splicing (CFOS/S) Certification. This $770 program includes a complete PowerPoint presentation explaining the importance of high-performance splicing and further details the points necessary to achieve these splices.
More details about the Fiber Optics Program, including a Workforce Inquiry form, can be found at Nunez.edu/workforce/fiber-optics-program. Interested students may also contact Nunez STEAM Director Julie Rexford at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
About Nunez Community College
Nunez Community College is a student-centered institution that delivers relevant and innovative curriculum integrating the arts, sciences, and humanities leading to academic credentials and workforce opportunities. Nunez serves a vital role in the community by engaging with partners to support student success and personal growth. Nunez Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees, certificates, and diplomas. Nunez is located at 3710 Paris Road, Chalmette, LA. For more information, visit www.nunez.edu.