September 3, 2008 Fiber optic training company The Light Brigade announced that it has reached a milestone of training more than 35,000 people around in the world in its public and customized classes.
Click here to view a recent video interview with Larry Johnson, founder and president of The Light Brigade, conducted by Cabling Installation & Maintenance's sister publication, Connector Specifier.
Johnson has been involved with fiber optics since 1977 when the first fiber optic system was installed in North America, and established The Light Brigade in 1987. He reflects on the company's role in the industry for the last twenty years:
"We have had so much fun since we started our training program. Being a part of the fiber optics revolution has really been exciting. When you look back, you realize that we started at just the right time. Fiber optic training became key, for everyone from service providers to end users. This required that we pay close attention to new innovations, products, technologies and applications.
"We coordinated special events at the industry's leading conferences and worked in the field to investigate new products and ideas in order to provide the most accurate, up-to-date information we could. We took the knowledge we gained from these events to create new content and update our existing materials."
"Looking back, our original mission statement for our Fiber Optics 1-2-3 class, which was originally written and developed in 1987, still holds true and we have been honest with it since: 'This course is to provide the knowledge and skills for those who design, install, test and maintain fiber optics communications systems for voice, video, and data communications.' We always keep the focus on the technology, and we will continue to design our courses to best serve those who want to make informed decisions based on their own specific needs and applications."
The Light Brigade's training courses, which have been awarded a GSA contract from the United States government, cover the entire spectrum of fiber optics from basic theory, design, maintenance and testing through advanced topics such as FTTx, DWDM, SONET, fiber characterization, and fiber-optic video transmission.
The Light Brigade has produced professional-quality educational DVDs (12 titles), videos and CDs (25 titles), a self-paced computerized training module, and two self-study courses. In addition, the company offers course development services in which courses can be customized to a desired skill level, to focus on specific subject matter, or to take place at a particular location.
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