An innovative new training program in Wilson, NC was recently highlighted by the Next Generation Cities blog:
Wilson not only is North Carolina’s first gigabit city, now it is the state’s first gigabit city that has started a “Fiber Optics Basics” training course with its community college. On January 16, Wilson Greenlight, the city’s community-owned fiber-to-the-home provider, in partnership with Wilson Community College, began pilot testing a 10 week course on the what, how and why of fiber optics. The cost? $140.
The vision for a fiber training course has been brewing for years. Wilson Greenlight’s General Manager for Outside Plant, Gene Scott, explained that he has been frustrated with having the higher skilled jobs to offer, but not being able to find trained fiber technicians to take those jobs. He also noticed that standard fiber training courses offer an intense few days of narrated coursework, but at a cost of thousands of dollars, a price far above the resources of aspiring fiber experts. Gene wanted to offer a course that young people could afford, that was pragmatic and hands on, with labs where the students could see what fiber looks like, touch it, connect it, and maybe even splice it.
Read the full post at Next Generation Cities.