The Fiber Optic Association, Inc. (The FOA) hosted a "Fiber To The Home" Summit Meeting to discuss the critical need for trained workers if the ambitious plans for FTTH deployment in Southern California were to be realized.
The Fiber Optic Association Holds
The Fiber Optic Association, Inc. (The FOA) hosted a "Fiber To The Home" Summit Meeting on January 18, 2007 in Los Angeles at LA Trade Technical College. Over 60 representatives of telephone companies, municipalities, equipment suppliers, contractors and schools gathered to discuss the critical need for trained workers if the ambitious plans for FTTH deployment in Southern California were to be realized.
FTTx (the term used for all types of fiber to the home/premises/curb) has become a big market for contractors and installers in Southern California. New subdivisions are being fibered, towns are creating municipal fiber networks and older established neighborhoods are being rebuilt for FTTx. All this is creating an enormous need for trained and certified workers.
The FOA, in its role as the professional society of fiber optics, had been asked by telcos like Verizon and local contractors to assist them in finding trained and certified personnel to make these plans a reality. The FOA invited a diverse group of interested people, including Verizon, Corning, OFS, town technology managers, local schools and contractors to a FTTx Summit in LA. The summit meeting focused on what knowledge and skills were needed by FTTx installers and how the schools could train and certify students for these jobs.
Following the FTTx Summit, there were presentations on FTTx Technology by Corning and OFS, a review of telco plans, job opportunities and requirements by Verizon and presentations on training programs and financial options for contractors.
The success of the first FOA FTTx Summit has led to requests to hold similar meetings around the US where FTTx is being implemented. In addition, instructors at the FOA -Approved schools have requested a special instructor training program to assist them in starting FTTx training programs and offering the FOA CFxT FTTx Certification. Plans for these meetings are being finalized by The FOA now.
The Fiber Optic Association, Inc. is an nonprofit educational organization chartered to promote fiber optics through education, certification and standards. Over 160 FOA -Approved schools have certified more than 20,000 fiber optic technicians. The FOA offers free online introductory fiber optic programs for everyone and training for instructors at FOA -Approved schools. The FOA is also an active participant in industry standards activities such as TIA and NECA.
For more information on the FOA, see the organization's website http://www.thefoa.org/, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 760 -451 -3655.