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Group formed to promote professionalism in structured cabling through training, education

A new organization called the Structured Cabling Association (SCA) has been formed to promote structured cabling through education, certification and standards....


May 1, 2006  


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A new organization called the Structured Cabling Association (SCA) has been formed to promote structured cabling through education, certification and standards.

According to founder Tom Collins of Gateway Community and Technical College in Cincinnati, Ohio, expanding technical training and certification in structured cabling at the technical college level is vitally important to the growth of many new communications and entertainment technologies.

“I believe it will be a major factor in the continued growth of the industry by making technical training more accessible to new technicians, and SCA certification will provide a benchmark for users to evaluate technicians capabilities.”

Co-founder Jim Hayes, who started the Cable U training programs and helped launch the Fiber Optic Association (FOA), said SCA is being founded to provide educational guidelines and affordable certification to schools and trainers.

“Our model, the FOA, has shown that technical expertise, affordable certification and lots of pro bono activities stimulate industries as much as technological development and product standards,” he added.

Organizers say the goal of SCA-approved training is to teach the basic technology and practice of structured cabling to prepare students for successful transition from classroom to work.

“SCA is not a training organization,” the groups says. “(It) does not offer courses itself, but it will support training organizations worldwide that meet our standards for high-quality education and SCA certification for cabling professionals.”

Further information is available at www.scausa.org.