CFOS Career Opportunities
Are you considering a career change or career growth? Certified Fiber Optic training will prepare you for the steps you need to establish yourself in this expanding career field (see the FOA article below).
Participants in our January and May 2009 classes told us their career plans, and how the training helped.In general this workshop was interesting and informative:
- Strongly agree: 11 participants
- Agree: 3 participants
- Strongly agree: 9 participants
- Agree: 3 participants
- Moderate (neither agree nor disagree): 1 participant
- Strongly agree: 8 participants
- Agree: 6 participants
- Start a new career.
- Working on jobs for telecom companies and whatever future holds.
- Currently a communications contractor.
- In my [current] employment.
- In installs and trouble-shooting of fiber.
- On the job.
- At work.
- Trouble shooting and test equipment use.
Obama Administration Has New Agenda for Technology
Fiber Optics and Job Training To Benefit
From the January, 2009 Fiber Optic Association Newsletter
Minutes after the swearing in of Barack Obama as the 44th President of The United States, the White House website (www.whitehouse.gov) was updated to show the priorities of the new administration. For those of us in communications, the goal of expanding broadband penetration means more fiber - for fiber is the backbone of the Internet and all communications systems.
To ensure a well-educated technical workforce, focus on education for the trades and retraining for those who need more skills.
Below, we have copied the two agendas we note here, but we encourage you to go to the website and read them - all of them - yourself.
Deploy Next-Generation Broadband: Work towards true broadband in every community in America through a combination of reform of the Universal Service Fund, better use of the nation's wireless spectrum, promotion of next-generation facilities, technologies and applications, and new tax and loan incentives. America should lead the world in broadband penetration and Internet access.
Lifelong Retraining: Reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act, and increase resources for community colleges and lifelong learning initiatives to ensure our citizens can continue to gain new skills throughout their lifetimes. Modernize and expand the existing system of trade adjustment assistance to include service sector workers hurt by changing trade patterns. Create flexible education accounts that workers can use to retrain.
The new Obama Administration Agenda for Technology is online at http://www.whitehouse.gov/agenda/technology/