Courses will include credit and non-credit courses, certificates and degrees that serve the needs of current and prospective telecommunication industry employees. These courses will be on campus and online.
As part of this partnership, the UMass Dartmouth plans to develop additional credit and non credit bearing courses as identified by Alliance Plus. Some course areas already identified include wireless communications technologies, project management, and other programming areas offered by Alliance and enhanced by the University.
Alliance Plus is a national premier provider of telecommunications industry training organization that for 25-years has been servicing individuals, business and labor unions in the telecommunications industry. Unique to the industry, Alliance Plus customizes training to fit customer needs and produces outcomes-based results.
In addition, Alliance Plus will be promoting these educational opportunities to members of the Communication Workers of America, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, as well as national telecommunications industry partners, including AT&T; Alcatel-Lucent Avaya Verizon, Century Link, Qwest, and Frontier.
Presently, Network Essentials and Network Plus have been approved through this educational collaborative. After completion of both of these courses, students/employees will earn 6 credits from the University, which can be used towards their bachelor's degree. The course work will also prepare participants for the industry certification exam in Network Plus.
"Together with our partner, UMass Dartmouth, the Alliance Plus is looking forward to creating a new chapter in telecommunications training." said Frank Leone, Alliance Plus Associate Director.
According to Dr. Joy McGuirl-Hadley, Assistant Chancellor at UMass Dartmouth, "Almost every industry is raising the educational bar. This important and timely initiative is a win -- win for telecommunications workers and the telecommunications industry, providing an opportunity for workers to simultaneously increase their knowledge base and enhance their educational credentials."
For more information or to register contact UMass Dartmouth's Division of Professional and Continuing Education at 508.999.9202 or contact Alliance Plus at 800-323-3436.