NCTI has entered into two new partnerships designed to help veterans transition into careers in the cable and broadband industry. NCTI offers certification and self-paced distance learning courses for cable professionals, particularly front-line technicians and customer service representatives.
They have partnered with Warriors4Wireless, a nonprofit which was founded by veterans to support returning veterans searching for careers.
“Our partnership with NCTI will allow us to expand the opportunity for separating service members and veterans to not just find a job but to embark on a career path,” says Kelley Dunne, chairman and founder of W4W.
As the name would suggest, Wireless4Warriors targeted the wireless industry at first, but is now eliciting NCTI’s help to move into cable and broadband. Wireless4Warriors will use NCTI curriculums in their instructor-led courses offered in northern Virginia and Colorado.
Since NCTI usually provides self-guided distance learning, the addition of an instructor will add a hands-on component to the course.
“NCTI provides foundational learning, and the classroom adds practical experience in craftsmanship and detail,” NCTI CEO Stacey Slaughter comments. “We help [veterans] transition and translate their experience.”
Similarly, the new partnership with The Learning Alliance will use NCTI curricula in LAC’s mission to train workers within the cable and broadband industry.
“By collaborating with NCTI, we have created a learning mechanism that provides the rigor and hands-on practical application skills needed to reduce the learning curve associated with career path within the cable and broadband industry,” notes Cesar Ruiz, president and CEO of LAC.
“Reinforcing our industry starts with the frontline teams who shoulder the burden of knowing and servicing an incredible amount of technology,” Slaughter adds in a press release. “Strategic partnerships with organizations such as LAC allow us to reach more individuals considering a move into cable and broadband and then provisioning them with an education that helps them, and our industry, thrive.”
Founded in 1968, NCTI continuously updates its curricula in order to keep technicians and other workers up to date on the kind of equipment they may encounter in the field. NCTI follows the “agile” project management model popularized by Silicon Valley. In NCTI’s case, that means that curricula are updated every two weeks to reflect new technologies or new equipment. They listen to industry in order to develop new courses; topics expected to roll out next include WiFi and security.