John Wood Community College to Offer Fiber Optic Training

John Wood Community College, in partnership with BDI DataLynk, will offer short-term Fiber Optic Technician courses to help the area workforce access local training.  

 A three-day introductory Certified Fiber Optic Technician (CFOT) course will be offered Monday through Wednesday, January 7 – 9 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The training is designed for anyone interested in becoming a Certified Fiber Optic Technician. Training combines theory and mostly hands-on activities to prepare the student to take the CFOT test that is sanctioned by the FOA (Fiber Optics Association) and given and graded the final class day. This course also introduces the student to industry standards governing Fiber To The Desk (FTTD), Fiber To The Home (FTTH), and Distribution Cabling.

 A two-day, 16-hour Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Testing and Maintenance course will be offered Thursday through Friday, January 10 – 11 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The class is designed to offer advanced training to anyone involved with the testing and maintenance of fiber optics networks. A focal point in the program is to offer a general, easy-to-understand approach to fiber optics testing standards with considerable hands-on activities. The course explains the variety of testing standards, equipment and technological approaches used in fiber network testing and splicing and how to choose among them and prepares the student to take the Specialist in Testing & Maintenance Fiber Optics Certification Exam given at the end of class.

 A two-day, 16-hour Fiber Optics Splicing Specialist Certification course will be offered Saturday and Sunday, January 12 and 13 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. includes a presentation explaining the importance of high-performance splicing and further details the points necessary to achieve these splices. This course includes mostly hands-on classroom activities which will provide training in both fusion and mechanical splicing of either single or multimode fiber optic cables

 All courses are sanctioned by the Fiber Optic Association (FOA), which is the largest professional society of fiber optics in the world. Cost for each class is $730 per person, and includes lunch for each day. Registration can be made at 217.641.4971. Course details are available at All courses will be offered at JWCC’s Workforce Development Center at 4220 Kochs Lane in Quincy.

John Wood Community College is the educational link between business and community. JWCC collaboratively creates innovative and relevant academic and training programs with business leaders to educate young people and the workforce for today’s needs and tomorrow’s opportunities. JWCC has centers in Quincy, Pittsfield, Baylis and Mt. Sterling, Illinois. Programs include a comprehensive baccalaureate transfer curriculum, customized business training, career/technical degrees and certificates and personal enrichment courses.

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