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Free two-day fibre optic splicing course coming to Calgary in September

Momentum Calgary and AWS will be providing a free, two-day fibre optic splicing course this September, with the goal of addressing the need for fibre optic technicians to increase access to high-speed internet in Alberta.

The course will be offered through Momentum and will be taught by industry fibre optic leader Sumitomo Electric Lightwave through hands-on training and in-course lectures. Emphasis will also be placed on finding job placement opportunities for graduates.

It is being offered at no cost through Momentum’s ongoing partnership with Amazon, which has announced billions in investment into Calgary to build data centres and build talent pipelines for the tech industry.

“Collaborating with AWS creates an opportunity to widen the path to careers in Calgary’s growing tech sector while also making a meaningful contribution to bridging the technical gap in the workforce,” said Jeff Loomis, Executive Director of Momentum.

Amazon said that they are working with partner organizations around North America to train 29 million people in cloud computing and technical skills by 2025.

“The AWS Fusion Splicing course will help open new opportunities and career pathways for participants in Calgary–and continue our investment in the province as we prepare to open our second Canadian data centre region in late 2023 and early 2024,” said Michael Punke, Vice President, Global Public Policy, Amazon Web Services.

Anyone interested in participating can sign up at fiber-aws.pearson.com/fusion-splicing-registration. No prior experience is necessary, although Momentum said that it would best serve students who have adjacent skill sets and want to transition into the fibre optics industry.