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Kent, WA – May 1, 2019 - Light Brigade, the industry leader in fiber optic training and Next Level Technician, an organization focused on building technician skills, are pleased to announce a training partnership in North and South Carolina. 
The partnership objective is two-fold; addressing the growing demand for skilled cabling technicians and helping young people obtain the training they need to prepare for a career in the industry. 
“Next Level Technician has set out to become a premier training organization in the Carolinas. We knew we needed help on the fiber side and that’s why we partnered with Light Brigade, “explained Michael Cole, President of Next Level Technician. “They bring so much knowledge and fall in line with our hands-on-training approach. This partnership will allow us to offer a deeper dive into fiber optics.”
Light Brigade instructors will provide Next Level Technician students with a solid understanding of fiber technology and network components. Students will learn by doing the work, with extensive hands-on-training focused on best practices to ensure success in the field. Upon course completion, students will take the ETA FOI certification exam earning their ETA certification.   
Lee Kellett, General Manager of Light Brigade commented, “We are excited to team with Next Level Technician to play a critical part in preparing students for success in a rapidly growing field. This new program will provide great training followed by the apprenticeship needed to assure success.”
This partnership will help to empower youth in Carolina communities while adding skilled and properly trained technicians to the labor pool. Light Brigade will provide their renowned training and Next Level Technician will mentor and place students with organizations seeking qualified technicians.  Together, we are are laying the groundwork for rewarding careers for youth in the Carolinas.   
About Light Brigade
Founded in 1987, Light Brigade has trained over 60,000 technicians, installers, engineers, designers and other support staff worldwide in a variety of industries. Light Brigade’s instructor-led and custom classes focus on fiber optic installation, testing and troubleshooting as well engineering design including specialized applications for FTTx, utilities, industrial, broadcast and others. All courses are designed to improve efficiencies, reduce costly errors and lower operating costs by focusing on technology and providing relevant course materials. To learn more visit or or call (800) 451-7128.   
About Next Level Technician
After many years working in the cabling industry, Michael Cole, President of Next Level Technician is addressing the rapidly growing need for trained cable technicians. Next Level Technician provides training focused on cabling fundamentals to a small group of high potential individuals looking to jump start their careers in the cabling/Data-com world. After training students are placed with companies looking for quality and skilled technicians. To learn more visit or email
Carole DeGruchy
Marketing Specialist
Light Brigade 
(425) 291-4254 or