NACTEL:  Teaching Telecom Technology Tools


April 8, 2013

An artistic rendering of broadband Internet connectivity from the Government of British Columbia

The best way to keep working is to keep up with the work, an increasingly demanding task with telecommunications technology.

This year, the National Coalition for Telecommunications Education and Learning is offering everything from single courses about specific technologies, like broadband essentials, to advanced degree programs like the new master’s of science in Internet technology through Pace University. Students can get certified in mobile, networking, video, wireless and emerging technologies.

The NACTEL was created in 1997 by a coalition of corporations, the IBEW and the Communications Workers of America. International President Edwin D. Hill said:

Telecomm installation and maintenance has provided good wages and benefits to IBEW members for decades, but the speed of technology development means  we all have to work to keep those jobs IBEW jobs. For 16 years NACTEL has been providing the educational opportunities to help members advance their careers.

NACTEL degree programs can accept classwork done in individual NACTEL classes as well as technical certifications, company training and prior college coursework toward completion of the degree.

IBEW members are eligible for reduced tuition, many programs are covered by employer tuition reimbursement programs and students can also apply for federal student aid.

All classes are online and designed to fit into the busy schedules of working people. They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and new courses now start five times a year.

Applications for summer classes are being accepted now. Available programs are listed here.  Apply for federal student aid here.

Pace and NACTEL will be hosting a virtual open house July 17 to answer questions. Sign up here.


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