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BSC partners with Communication Workers of America

Posted on 12/12/2012

Bismarck State College (BSC) has partnered with the Communications Workers of America (CWA), the largest telecommunications union in the world, to provide continuing online education and training to its members across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

BSC will provide training through the CWA/NETT Academy, which partners with workforce systems, community institutions and industry to provide convenient, affordable, and high quality education and training opportunities.

CWA represents more than 650,000 men and women working in telecommunications, broadcasting, cable TV, journalism, publishing, manufacturing, airlines, customer service, government service, health care, education and other fields.

In choosing a partner, CWA's goal was to find the partner that could best provide enhanced education and training opportunities to its wide ranging workforce.

After a national search, BSC was chosen for its flexibility and responsiveness, according to Kevin Celata, training administrator for CWA/NETT Academy.

"Small wins again," he said. "We looked at larger schools, but they had too many tiers of politics. BSC has the innovation and ability to move on the fly that we need for our members."

BSC will provide a wide array of online opportunities to CWA members, family members, active duty military and veterans that range from personal enrichment to job-related courses and retraining for new roles in the industries represented by CWA. Retraining opportunities include bridging the expertise of telecommunications into the burgeoning energy industry.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for Bismarck State not only to extend our educational excellence to the varied constituents of CWA, but to raise the awareness of our telecommunications offerings on a national level as we've done with our energy programs," said BSC President Larry C. Skogen.

Beginning in January, CWA members will be able to begin taking specific credit and non-credit BSC courses in computer information systems with more classes to be added in the future.

CWA/NETT Academy was formed in 2000 as the Communication Workers of America's National Education and Training Trust to provide training opportunities to CWA members and their families, and to military veterans and those on active duty in the military through arrangements with the U.S. Department of Labor. CWA/NETT has established partnerships with manufacturers, workforce systems, and distributors of telecommunications and IT equipment, including Cisco Systems, for the purpose of developing training on the newest technologies for members. The academy also has partnered with Stanly Community College in Albemarle, N.C., an accredited institution, to administer academy courses.

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