The College of The Albemarle and regional service provider Fybe are working with the Fiber Broadband Association to bring the Optical Telecom Installer Certification (OpTIC Path) program to rural eastern North Carolina. The goal is to increase the number of trained fiber technicians in the region.

Fybe said it recognized that access to fiber technicians was increasingly important and that other communities in the state were finding them through the program. The company therefore partnered with the community college — whose full name is the College of The Albemarle – Edenton-Chowan — to adopt the course. The program will launch next February.

Fybe is the rebranded name of the Roanoke Connect Holdings, LLC, which is a subsidiary of the Roanoke Cooperative.

“There has never been a better time to begin or continue a career in fiber,” Bo Coughlin, the chief operations officer at Fybe, said in a press release. “The OpTIC Path program will deliver robust technical training and create a healthy pipeline of highly qualified fiber technicians for a high-demand, lucrative, long-term career.”

The news comes days after the FBA said that OpTIC Path has been approved as the primary Fiber Optic Technician Credential for the Job Corps. The pilot program will be conducted at Job Corps’ Oneonta, N.Y., campus. 

FBA has made numerous previous announcements about entities adopting OpTIC Path.

The training program is offered in 40 states, and is being offered by 44 service providers and 70 community colleges, according to FBA.

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