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U.S. News Lauds NACTEL’s Online Degrees


March 28, 2012

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Two degree programs of the National Coalition for Telecommunications Education and Learning have scored high marks in the 2012 U.S. News & World Report’s first-ever Honor Roll for online education.

The magazine rated NACTEL's bachelor’s degree in telecommunications and master’s degree in Internet technology among the top online degrees in the country. They were judged on criteria such as selectivity, faculty credentials and student services.

Last year, more than a dozen IBEW members working in telecommunications graduated from the program with either associate or bachelor’s degrees.

Says Dr. David Sachs, professor and associate dean at the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University:

We're privileged to have been partners with NACTEL since 1999, developing quality online education for the information technology industry. The results of that partnership are evident in this award.

NACTEL provides certificate programs, associate, bachelor's and master's degrees specific to a wide range of telecommunications technologies including fiber and broadband, wireless networking, video and mobile technologies. The IBEW offers a tuition discount for all members.

Registration is now open for the summer session.

According to the NACTEL Web site, the advanced Internet technology degree provides in-depth knowledge for advanced positions within the telecommunications industry, which builds on the bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications.

NACTEL is a unique partnership between unions, top corporations and Pace University.  Along with the IBEW, NACTEL members include AT&T, the Communications Workers of America (CWA), Embarq Communications, Frontier Communications and Verizon Communications.

Says IBEW International President Edwin D. Hill:

As the telecommunications industry has evolved, NACTEL has been critical in addressing education and employment needs in the fast-paced industry.

All NACTEL courses are online and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The interactive, instructor-led courses offer flexibility, convenience and an industry-relevant curriculum that is tailored directly to careers in the industry.

For more information and to register, visit www.nactel.org/ibew.


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