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The Light Brigade, Fujikura Asia and ITE College West Collaborate to Develop FTTH-Ready Workforce

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The Light Brigade, Fujikura Asia and ITE College West Collaborate to Develop FTTH-Ready Workforce

Agreement provides customized training for Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH) and fiber optic technologies

March 18, 2013 – Tukwila, Washington. The Light Brigade, Fujikura Asia and ITE College West are partnering to set up a Resource Center at ITE College West. The center will provide students with access to a wide variety of fiber optics-related training material along with an FTTH showcase. This center, coupled with industrial placement in Fujikura Asia, will allow ITE students to learn from industry experts and acquire industry-relevant skills.
The Light Brigade will offer their training expertise, consultancy services and course material for ITE to ensure their course material addresses the latest technology and techniques.  The first of several planned training courses supports the Fiber to the Home Council’s Certified Fiber-to-the-Home Professional (CFHP) program.  Upon completion of the ITE training program, students will have the necessary knowledge and practical experience to successfully complete the CFHP certification exam accredited by Fiber to the Home Council.
 “We are very pleased to collaborate with ITE on this education initiative. This announcement demonstrates our continued commitment to support students and academia in the area of fiber optic knowledge and certification. We hope to inspire the next generation of designers, planners and technicians in the field of FTTH networks” commented Dario De Paolis, Vice President and General Manager, The Light Brigade.
The FTTH showcase at the Resource Centre will prepare students with market-relevant hands-on skills to develop an FTTH workforce by incorporating industry standards into relevant ITE courses. This showcase is sponsored by Fujikura Asia with equipment and consumables valued at $40,000.
Dr. Yek Tiew Ming, Principal, ITE College West said, “We are delighted to have established a close working relationship with Fujikura and The Light Brigade. The collaboration will offer an excellent platform for the three parties to draw on each other’s individual strengths and synergize our resources.  This partnership is a perfect example of the philosophy of ITE to continually engage industry to provide industry-relevant education that produces industry-ready technical specialists.”

Toshi Takahashi, Managing Director, Fujikura Asia added, “Being one of the leaders in fiber optic technologies, Fujikura is privileged to be able to contribute effectively to the industry and the local community with this educational collaboration with ITE. Education and continuous training are important necessities which could enhance one’s knowledge and value adds to the entire workforce.”
The demand for higher speed data transmission is expanding at an amazing pace.  Consumers are demanding faster downloads of streaming video, voice, music and data.  Fiber optic networks provide the pathway to move this data to the end user.  This trend has sparked the need for a new generation of fiber optic personnel proficient in such networks.  Realizing the need to meet new manpower demands, ITE will continue to keep its training up-to-date by working collaboratively with The Light Brigade and Fujikura Asia, both leaders in the fiber optic industry.

About The Light Brigade

Founded in 1987, The Light Brigade has instructed over 45,000 attendees worldwide in its public and custom classes on fiber optic design, maintenance, and testing, including advanced topics such as FTTx, DWDM, and PMD/CD.  In addition to creating custom courses tailored to any need or skill level, the company produces educational DVDs and CDs that provide focus on specific fiber related topics.

About Fujikura Asia Ltd

Established in 1987, Fujikura Asia Ltd. serves as regional headquarters for the Asia Pacific, offering a growing range of products, notably optical fibers and optical components, electronic materials and multi-layer and fine pitch flexible printed circuits, delivering steadfast dependability in fields related to telecommunications, FTTx, energy and electronics industries, visit:

About ITE

The Institute of Technical Education (ITE), Singapore, was established as a post-secondary education institution in 1992 under the Ministry of Education. ITE is a principal provider of career and technical education and key developer of national occupational skills certification and standards to enhance Singapore's workforce competitiveness. Under its "One ITE System, Three Colleges" Model of Education and Governance, ITE has three Colleges, comprising ITE College Central, ITE College East and ITE College West. For more information, visit:

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