Fiber Optic Technology course now offered at Tenn. college

The course is available for anyone who has no previous background in fiber optic technology.
Published: May. 4, 2021 at 6:30 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -Earning a certification for an in-demand job is possible in just days at Tennessee College of Applied Technology. The college is now offering courses in fiber optic technology.

Instructor Michael Rauch who is leading the first class offered in May says anyone can take the course even if they don’t have a previous background in fiber optic technology.

“By the end of the week they get three different certifications that are great to have. They’re through the FOA which is the Fiber Optic Association. It gives them everything they need to get out in the field,” said Rauch. “The national average for a starting technician, you’re looking at about a $20 to $22 dollar an hour range.”

Military veteran Brian Burch is one of the first students to complete the course and surprised by how it was. “It’s a whole lot easier than I thought it was gonna be,” said Burch.

TCAT Knoxville President Kelli Chaney says the class will be offered approximately each quarter depending on the demand for the course. Chaney said the school can even coordinate on-site certifications for employers.

Financial assistance is also offered for those are wanting to take the course. “We absolutely could figure out a way for a single mom to come into class, help her get the resources and the course materials paid for,” said Chaney.

For more information visit the website here.

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