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3/30/2017 10:12:00 AM
College previewing broadband telecom program
Lincoln Trail College broadband telecom instructor says the upcoming Broadband Telecom Free Preview Day will give prospective students a chance to try the program before they sign up for classes.

"Students currently in the program will give tours and show them what we do," he said. "We'll also have some hands-on demonstrations where you can actually try some of the things that you'll learn in the Broadband Telecom program."

The Broadband Telecom Free Preview Day is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on April 7. Prospective students interested in participating have until March 31 to register for the event.

In addition to the tours and hands-on demonstrations, prospective students will hear from the instructors in the program and they'll have a chance to talk with current students in the program about their experiences. The event wraps up with lunch.

Allen says students earning a degree in broadband telecom have a lot of career options. He says fiber to the home is booming and they've had a number of students working in that field.

"With the demand for broadband and high-speed Internet, there are a lot of smaller companies that are doing fiber to the home or fiber to the curb projects. That's creating a lot of demand for jobs. I get calls from companies all the time looking for qualified people."

Allen says LTC has done a good job helping graduates find jobs in the industry. "The last two years, we've had a 100 percent placement rate. We've had people find jobs as close as Vincennes and as far away as Wisconsin. Most of our students find jobs within a one- or two-hour radius of here."

Allen says LTC's Broadband Telecom program is a great choice for people who like to work with their hands. He says about 85 percent of LTC's education is hands-on training. That training ranges from splicing cables to climbing poles to working on computer networking.

People interested in participating in the Broadband Telecom Free Preview Day should register by contacting either Tyler Browning or Erin Volk at Lincoln Trail College.

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