OSUIT Launches Fiber Optics Micro-Credentials to Boost Oklahoma's Workforce

OSUIT Launches Fiber Optics Micro-Credentials to Boost Oklahoma's Workforce

OSUIT Launches Fiber Optics Micro-Credentials to Boost Oklahoma's Workforce

OSU Institute of Technology is proud to announce the launch of Fiber Optics micro-credentials and digital badges, a groundbreaking initiative to address critical workforce needs and strengthen Oklahoma's fiber infrastructure.

These micro-credentials are not just about training but about building a successful career. Developed to address the high demand for skilled technicians in fiber optic network deployment, they provide hands-on, comprehensive training that equips individuals with the practical skills needed for various roles in the telecommunications industry.

"The impact of these micro-credentials will be massive," says Brandon Dinsmore, Workforce and Economic Development program coordinator at OSUIT. "They create a path toward management positions and college degrees and are crucial in helping us develop stronger tribal workforces and to break generational gaps in access to education and employment."

Recognizing the diverse needs of OSUIT students, the fiber optics training program has expanded to multiple locations, including the OSU-Tulsa campus, several CareerTech locations, and tribal nations throughout Oklahoma. This expansion showcases OSUIT's commitment to bridge the digital divide and make training opportunities more accessible to all. Students can earn micro-credentials and digital badges upon completing the comprehensive training at any of these locations.

"Our fiber optics micro-credentials, endorsed by Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, provide students a competitive edge in the job market. The micro-credentials offer a pathway into for-credit degree options," explains Dinsmore. "By coupling this with on-the-job experience, individuals can turn the experience into a degree, which is beneficial when pursuing leadership positions within a company or upskilling incumbent employees."

The micro-credentials offer an additional avenue to degree completion through prior learning assessment, allowing students to convert non-credit training into college credits towards an AAS in Applied Technology degree at OSUIT.

"These credentials play a crucial role in creating diverse career paths for individuals, enabling them to pursue degree programs and secure jobs in the rapidly evolving field of fiber optics," adds Dinsmore. 

For more information about the customized training Workforce and Economic Development offers, visit https://osuit.edu/workforce/.