March 8, 2017

Oak Creek Staff Teach Certificate Program for Cabling and Telecommunications

From C.J. Brennan:
Oak Creek offers a job-training program that teaches youth skills for employment at commercial cable companies. These after-school classes are offered by staff members Anthony Kelley and C.J. Brennan, who traveled to Sparta, New Jersey, for a week of training in 2015.

They became certified C-Tech (Cable Technologies) trainers and started a program with five youth in February 2016. C-Tech is a long-term program and commitment. Students who did not complete the training left Oak Creek before they were able to graduate.

Two students received a certificate for completing the first module of the program, Introduction to Telecommunications.

One of the students, Dee, finished Module 1 last spring and recently completed Module 2, Copper-Based Network Cabling.
Dee said she has learned useful skills in the class:

“This class is about telecommunication systems, the cables used, the equipment used to get the job done, trouble shooting, and which cable to use for the different systems.

“One type of cable that everyone should be familiar with is coaxial cable that is used for television. I've learned how to correctly terminate the ends of coaxial cable with the correct plug that is the best fit for the job, how to test the cable to make sure it is working properly, and where to place it inside of a house.

“I enjoy this class because it's taught me how to do things I’ve never done before and now when I go home, I can wire my own house or fix a problem. This class would not be possible without my wonderful instructors Curt Brennan and Anthony Kelly.”

Dee is currently enrolled in the third and final module in the series, Fiber Optic-Based Network Cabling.

“Dee has done so well in the class and has shown such enthusiasm, she is being considered as a teacher’s aide in our next C-Tech class,” said Brennan.
Upon completion of the C-Tech program, students will be able to apply for employment at any commercial Cable Company (Cox, Verizon Cable, etc.) and have the background, education and certification in the cable technologies that will give them an employment edge over other applicants.

C-Tech is recognized as a leader in the cable technologies field. Its program is taught at vocation and correctional facilities for youth and adults throughout the United States. In Oregon, Oak Creek is the only facility in the Oregon Youth Authority that is teaching the program.
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