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Big Sandy Community and Technical Colleges (BSCTC) Workforce Solutions division has launched the states first Outside Plant Cabling certification through its Fiber Optics program.

The two-day, 16-hour course complements an extensive Fiber Optics curriculum already delivered by the college which includes Certified Fiber Optic Technician, Certified Fiber Optic Specialist in Testing and Training and Certified Fiber Optic Specialist in Splicing.

BDI DataLync, and internationally recognized fiber optic training firm, is teaching the courses, which are sanctioned by the Fiber Optics Association (FOA).

Theres a future in fiber, and we understand that the successful implementation and maintenance of the Kentucky Information Highway will be contingent on a highly-trained workforce, said Dr. Devin Stephenson, president of BSCTC. We are thrilled to be leading the charge in this effort.

The college was awarded more than $3.2 million in grants to construct the states first Broadband Technology Center on its Pikeville campus. Construction is set to begin later this year.

We are committed to technology and its role in building an innovative economy across the region, added Dr. Stephenson. Our Fiber Optic courses have attracted the attention of companies across the southeastern part of the United States. They are investing in our program, because our commitment to student success is unmatched.

Kelli Hall, interim dean of career education and workforce development, said the colleges strong partnership with BDI DataLynk, has placed the college on the cutting edge of delivering Fiber Optic training.

Its a remarkable program that gives students an industry-leading skill that leads to sustainable employment, said Hall. At Big Sandy Community and Technical College, its about opportunity, hope and transforming our region one student at a time.

The new Outside Plant Cabling certification introduces students to industry standards governing the installation, testing and troubleshooting of Outside Plant cable used in rugged environments.

To learn more about BSCTCs Fiber Optics program, contact Sally Porter at (606) 218-1276 or email