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New program trains fiber optics technicians


    The days of copper wire within the communications industry are coming to an end. Today, modern telephone, cable television and internet data are carried through fiber optics systems. A new program at Beaufort County Community College is aimed at training technicians to install these high-tech systems.

    The Certified Fiber Optics Technician program is offered by BCCC's Continuing Education division in partnership with BDI DataLynk LLC and consists of three courses: a Certified Fiber Optics Technical Course, a Certified Fiber Optics Splicing Specialist Course, and a Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Testing and Maintenance Course. The three courses will be offered in succession over a one-week period beginning Sept. 14.

    "These courses are designed for anyone interested in becoming a Certified Fiber Optics Technician," says Justin Rose, Director of Occupational Extension.

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics from May 2011, the median salary for a fiber optics technician working in the United States was $51,720 or $24.87 an hour. More and more of the country's communication infrastructure is being changed over to fiber optics, and technicians are in demand. Construction is currently in progress on a Google project to bring fiber optics-based high-speed internet to the Triangle area.

    "With Google Inc. working alongside the city of Raleigh to install fiber optic cable, it is an exciting time to be involved in the endeavor to provide high-speed internet service to all of North Carolina," adds Rose. "The News and Observer reports that as a result of this project, there will be a need for Certified Fiber Optic Technicians to help install fiber optic cable in cities including Raleigh, Durham, Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Garner and Morrisville."

    For more information regarding this program, contact Rose at 252-940-6262 or Justin.Rose@BeaufortCCC.edu.

BCCC's Best

    Our student recognition program, BCCC's Best, will kick off with the character trait "Committed" for the month of September. Faculty and Staff are invited to nominate one student who "perseveres in school or life with the ultimate goal of being successful in mind despite adversity." Nominations should be sent to Kimberly.Jackson@BeaufortCCC.edu by Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. along with contact information and a short description of how the student has exemplified this trait. Nominated students will be recognized at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 29 in the Student Lounge.

Breakfast with HR and Senior Staff

    BCCC's Human Resources staff held a floating breakfast on Tuesday, Sept. 1 in Building 10 to recognize the college's new hires from 2014-2015. Human Resources and Senior Staff were on hand to greet the new employees and to hear about their experiences at BCCC so far.

BCCC Foundation

  • The 22nd Annual BCCC Foundation Golf Tournament has been scheduled for Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. Team and hole sponsorships are now available, and proceeds will provide emergency student grants. For more information or to register, contact Marcia Norwood at 252-940-6218 or Serena Sullivan at 252-940-6326.

Personal and personnel notes

  • Please welcome new employee Amanda Laughlin, Associate Degree Nursing Instructor.
  • BCCC is currently seeking applications for the following position:
    • Director of College and Career Readiness (Full-time)
    Please share this posting with anyone you know who may qualify and be interested. Visit the BCCC Employment Opportunities page (https://jobs.beaufortccc.edu/) for additional position announcements and information about how to apply.

Important Dates

    Please send any Important Dates you would like publicized in Tansey Topics/Campus Connections/ BCCC Briefs to Jules.Norwood@BeaufortCCC.edu. This includes but is not limited to student and campus events, fundraisers, student organization meetings and board meetings.

And in the coming weeks, watch for the following:

Sept. 7 Labor Day Holiday
Sept. 8 Men of Success, 11 a.m., location TBA
Sept. 8 LGBT Club, Every Tuesday, 2 p.m., Library Meeting Room
Sept. 10 STAR Orientation, noon, Building 9, Room TBA
Sept. 11 SGA 9/11 Remembrance, 9 a.m., Student Lounge
Sept. 14 Registration for Second 8-Week Classes begins
Sept. 14 Allied Health Information Session, ADN, PN; 1 p.m., Building 12, Room 1217
Sept. 15 Men of Success, 11 a.m., location TBA
Sept. 16 Student Support Services/TRiO Annual Community Resources Day, 9 a.m., Student Lounge, Building 9
Sept. 17 Constitution Day Presendation, time and location TBA
Sept. 18 Peer Study Group, 9 a.m., Building 1, Room 120
Sept. 22 Men of Success, 11 a.m., location TBA
Sept. 23 SGA meeting, 12:20 p.m., Student Lounge
Sept. 23 Read to Succeed Workshop, 3 p.m., Building 1, Room 116
Sept. 24 Healthy Eating on a Budget Workshop, noon, Building 9, Room TBA
Sept. 25 Peer Study Group, 9 a.m., Building 1, Room 120
Sept. 29 Fall Financial Aid checks disbursed
Sept. 29 Men of Success, 11 a.m., location TBA
Sept. 29 BCANS Social, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Building 10 Multi-Purpose Room
Sept. 29 BCCC's Best Recognition Ceremony: Committed, noon, Student Lounge
Sept. 30 Small Business Expo, Building 10
Oct. 1 Deadline for BCCC Foundation Scholarship Applications
Oct. 1 Transfer Thursday — NC Wesleyan College, Admission Presentation, noon, Building 9, Room TBA
Oct. 2 Peer Study Group, 9 a.m., Building 1, Room 120
Oct. 3 BCCC Foundation trip to see Beautiful — The Carole King Musical at DPAC
Oct. 6 Tech Tuesday Workshop, noon, Library Computer Lab, Building 5
Oct. 6 Gamma Beta Phi meeting, 12:30 p.m., Building 12, Room 1217
Oct. 6 BCCC Board of Trustees, 4 p.m. committees, board meets at 6 p.m., Board Room, Building 10
Oct. 7 TRiO/SSS Career and Transfer Conference, 7:30 a.m., PCC, Greenville
Oct. 9 BCCC Foundation Board of Directors, 11 A.M., Board Room, Building 10.
Oct. 9 Peer Study Group, 9 a.m., Building 1, Room 120

    Beaufort County Community College is a public comprehensive community college committed to accessible and affordable quality education, effective teaching, relevant training, and lifelong learning opportunities for the people served by the College.
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