Learning Alliance Forges New Paradigms in Telecom Training

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Cesar Ruiz wants to take telecom training to the next level. The President and CEO of Learning Alliance Corporation wants graduates of his organization to be more than safe climbers. He wants them to be better trained, so they can become profit centers for their employers in a short period of time and with a pathway forward for success in their careers.

To do that, Learning Alliance partners with businesses in the wireless industry, which place its student 

Cesar Ruiz wants to take telecom training to the next level. The President and CEO of Learning Alliance Corporation wants graduates of his organization to be more than safe climbers. He wants them to be better trained, so they can become profit centers for their employers in a short period of time and with a pathway forward for success in their careers.

To do that, Learning Alliance partners with businesses in the wireless industry, which place its student graduates into the workforce upon graduation in high-skill, high-wage telecommunications positions, such as Tower and Fiber Technician. These partners, which serve as its ad hoc curriculum development team, provide feedback on the content of their curriculum, making sure it aligns to certifications and technical instruction.

“We have worked with the industry so that the employers have a voice in the education of their workforce,” said Ruiz. “By partnering with local employers, we have created workshops, labs and simulation programs that align the theoretical concepts into real world application learning.”

A good example of this partnership in action is Federated Wireless, which is a Spectrum Access System provider for the Citizens Broadband Radio Service. The company has created a curriculum for CBRS technicians, which is used by Learning Alliance.

“Because they are the experts, they built a great curriculum,” Ruiz said. “They built the proper competency stack that equals a great certification that is required to do CBRS work. It is not a nice-to-have. It’s a necessity, because it’s required by the FCC.”

In September, Learning Alliance and Federated Wireless announced a partnership through which the two companies will work to issue more than 2,000 Certified Professional Installer (CPI) certificates for CBRS over the next two years. The program is designed to accelerate the deployment of high-speed broadband in rural and underserved communities.