MONROE (WWJ) — Monroe County Community College’s Office of Workforce Development will be sponsoring industry-recognized certified fiber optics networking classes in September and January 2014.

The classes, offered by Austin, Texas-based BDI Datalynk, are sanctioned by the Fiber Optics Association and allow students an opportunity to become certified fiber optics technicians and specialists.

Three courses will be offered during the weeks of Sept. 9 and Jan. 6:

• Certified Fiber Optics Technician (CFOT) — This 3-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.
• Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Testing & Maintenance (CFOS/T) — This two-day program offers a general, easy to understand approach to fiber optics testing standards. 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.
• Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Outside Plant (CFOS/O) — This two-day, 16-hour fiber optic specialist course is for students who will be directly involved with installing Outside Plant Fiber Optics Cabling and have achieved their CFOT certification. Further, it is an add-on course to their FOA portfolio once they have successfully completed the 3-day, basic CFOT course and can be taken concurrently with the CFOT course.

Tuition for these courses includes all study materials, exams, equipment and course consumables. The student must pass both the written and hands on exams to successfully pass these courses.

For class schedules, visit and click on the “Michigan” page or call (734) 384-4124 to register. For more information, contact Barry Kinsey at


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