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February 4, 2013

Fiber Optics training comes to LSC-O

ORANGE — Lamar State College-Orange Continuing & Workforce Education, in association with BDI Datalynk, is bringing Certified Fiber Optics Technician training to Orange, Texas. A series of training sessions will be held in February at Lamar State College-Orange.

Fiber optics technology makes use of optical fiber, a glass or plastic fiber designed to guide light along its length. While the light-conducting uses of these fibers were discovered in the late 1800s, its use has steadily gained popularity since then in many areas that were not even considered at that time.

From telecommunications to medical care, fiber optics technology has made its way into our modern world with uses ranging from telephone and computer communications to heat sensors and lighting fixtures. The uses for fiber optics continue to expand.

With these advances in fiber optics uses comes the need for trained technicians to build, test, and maintain fiber optic cabling and networks. This is the need that LSC-O Continuing & Workforce Education and BDI Datalynk seek to fill.

The training series will begin with a first course for individuals desiring to become Certified Fiber Optics Technicians (CFOT).  This 2-day course will be held from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday,  Feb. 4 and Tuesday, Feb. 5. The certification exam will be given on the final class days. Cost for the course is $700, which includes all course materials and books. Basic computer knowledge required.

The second, more advanced course will be a 2-day program for individuals wishing to become a Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Testing and Maintenance (CFOS/T). This course will be held 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. and Thursday, Feb. 7. Cost for the course is $675, which includes all course materials and books. Individuals enrolling should have already completed the CFOT course or other formal fiber optics training within the previous six months, or have at least one year of fiber optics-related experience.

The third course will be a 2-day program for individuals wishing to become a Certified Fiber Optics Splicing Specialist Certification (CFOS/S). This course will be held from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, Feb. 9. Cost for the course is $775, which includes study materials, text book, CD and exams.

Individuals enrolling should have completed the CFOT Course or another formal fiber optics training course within preceding six months, or one year fiber optics related experience. Must have taken and passed the Basic CFOT Exam taken prior to registering this Splicing Specialist (CFOS/S) certification with the FOA. This course may be taken immediately after successfully completing the CFOT course.

For more information or to register, contact Lisa Cowart at Lamar State College–Orange, Continuing & Workforce Education, 409-882-3321 or You may also visit for more information about fiber optics training.

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