IBEW members have always been among the most well-trained, dedicated people on the job. The National Coalition for Telecommunications Education and Learning is working to make sure that remains a reality. The partnership between the IBEW, CWA and telecommunications employers is now offering a new opportunity: a Bachelor’s of Science in business technology leadership.

The program adds a business focus to the foundation in telecom technology offered by NACTEL, which is available to partner members and includes certification programs administered online through Pace University. Students will gain the skills necessary to be dynamic business leaders, and better understand how to effectively communicate with individuals from different cultures.

NACTEL is holding three sessions of an online open house on July 12th. Lasting for an hour, prospective students will hear from instructors and get a first-hand look at an online lab demonstration.

 “These demonstrations show you that there is a community of people out there virtually, all working together,” said Robert Prunn, Telecommunications Department international representative and member of the NACTEL board. “You may be participating online from home, but you are not isolated. There is quite a bit of interaction and all kinds of forums. There are a lot of people that can help.”

As the premier source for online learning in the field of telecommunications, NACTEL is preparing students to compete in a rapidly evolving industry.

“NACTEL is giving working people the skills they need to advance their careers. More and more often companies are looking to promote based on knowledge that the business technology leadership program brings to the table,” Prunn said.

Partner unions, in conjunction with Verizon, ATT, CenturyLink and Frontier, are providing their members with discounted rates for coursework.

In addition to the Bachelor of Science program, students can pursue certifications in telecommunications, emerging telecommunications technology, broadband technology and more. Each of these is a stand-alone credential, and can be transferred as college credit for additional studies.

Gather more information and experience what NACTEL has to offer at one of its July 12th open houses (11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 8 p.m. EDT). Save yourself a seat and register today.

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