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Low Voltage Telecomms Technician powered by TEKsystems

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Jumpstart your career in only 5 weeks! Powered by TEKsystems, this course is designed to prepare you for specific jobs they have in demand locally and will equip you with the fundamentals needed for a career in low voltage cable installation.

In-person component in Framingham, MA with post-training positions across Framingham, Worcester, Merrimack Valley and Manchester, NH.

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No cost, no catch. Tuition-Free training and job connections.

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Schedule

  • Hybrid 9AM - 4PM
    Monday through Friday
    5 weeks

Upcoming course dates

  • February 28th, 2022
    Application Due February 14th, 2022
  • Please note, this application process is very competitive and not all applicants will be accepted for our limited slots. Seats are offered on first come, first served basis.

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Applicants with all levels of experience in tech are encouraged to apply.

While anyone may apply for this course, some technical background may be helpful.

While these courses may include either intermediate or advanced material, technical knowledge specified in these listings will be required as a prerequisite for applicants to be considered for admission.

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As a response to COVID-19, Per Scholas courses have moved to a remote learning environment. As we return to training sites, upcoming courses may be moved to in-person classrooms. We will be in-touch with applicants after you have applied to provide updates on any changes to future courses.

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Jumpstart Your Tech Career

Launch your career with hands-on instruction covering the core concepts, technologies and certifications you need to land entry-level Low Voltage Technician roles. This course is a hybrid of remote and in-person learning.


Learn the Fundamentals of Networking and Telecommunications

The first three weeks will equip you with the fundamentals of handling and working with category cable and safe operation of construction site tools. Candidates who successfully complete the first three weeks will qualify for further safety training and certification for OSHA and SST, critical certifications for the jobs in-demand post training.


Hands-On Skills in Five Weeks

You don't have to spend years getting the training you need to kickstart your career. Get trained and certified in a fraction of the time. This type of work is perfect for individuals who are good with their hands, comfortable with power tools, or with construction or general labor background.


Professional Development from a Tech Industry Leader

This course is designed in partnership with TEKsystems, an industry leader in Technology Talent Services. Their recruiters will be actively involved in your professional development and job search.

Get Access to Amazing Employers

The Low Voltage Technician course is in partnership with TEKsystems, so their recruiters are committed to exploring career opportunities upon your graduation and passing of the OSHA and SST certifications. All certification fees are covered, which means you get trained, certified and connected to jobs at no cost to you.

  • If hired, expectation will be to convert full time with a company after a 6-month contract through TEKsystems.
  • Opportunities for Growth & Future Compensation with this skillset: 
    • Entry Level Tech/Installer (1-2 years) = $35-40k
    • Technician (2-4 years) = $40-50k
    • Lead Technician (4+ years) = $50-60k
    • Sr Technician (5+ years) = $55-65k
    • Project Foreman (5-10 years) = $65k +
    • Project Manager (5-10 years) = $70k +
    • Audio Visual (AV) and Security Systems Installation

4X On average, Per Scholas graduates earn four times their pre-training wage

Strengthen your Tech Professional Profile


Start your Tech Career Wherever you are!

Per Scholas will train you whether you are new to tech or a seasoned veteran looking to upskill. Remain competitive as the industry grows.

Going to Per Scholas and being introduced to information technology is more than just getting something done or trying something new. It’s an investment in yourself.

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Customized Professional Development and Networking

Regular Career Development like resume reviews, mock interviews, and "Meet the Employer" sessions will familiarize you with our employer partners, meet with other IT professionals and help prepare you for the job search.

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Direct Job Placement Support

Graduates will receive job placement support from the employer partner and identify career opportunities leveraging their new and existing skills. If TEKsystems doesn't work out, Per Scholas staff will continue to provide connections with other employer partners.

Instead of being afraid of the tech world...there's a lot to learn, but I think there's a community of students, professors, and administration. And we all know why we are there.

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What You'll Learn


Fundamentals of Telecommunications, Connectivity and Transmission Media

Cover topics like Public Switched Telephone Networks, Cloud Computing, Web Services, the OSI Layers/Protocol Stack, Networking Fundamentals, Low-Voltage Cable Types, Wireless Technologies, Permanent Virtual Circuits, Telecom Topologies and more.


Real-Time Low-Voltage Experience

Get immersed in Low Voltage Cabling with hands-on projects in crimping and cabling with Ethernet, fluke meters, tone-generators, terminating patch panels and structured cabling.


Professional Development

Per Scholas training focuses on communication, collaboration, continuous learning, giving & receiving feedback, and career navigation skills critical to landing that first job or moving up the tech career ladder.

Curriculum

The technical training and professional development skills you need

Fundamentals of Connectivity & Transmission Media (Remote Instruction)

 

Introduction to Telecommunications & Fundamentals of Telecom:  Public Switched Telephone Network Reviewed (topology, physical ports), RJ-11
The Internet, Cloud Computing and Web Services:
History of the Internet (ARPANET), AWS, Google Cloud, Azure – IAAS, PAAS, SAAS
Fundamentals of Networking: 

The OSI Layers/Protocol Stacks, IP Addressing (IPv4 and IPv6), Routing/Switching process, Network Address Translation (public and private address space)

LANs,  VLANs, 802 standards, Carrier Networks, Encrypted Networks (Virtual Private Networks, Onion Routing)

Practical Introduction to Telecom (Remote Instruction)

 

Introduction to low-voltage cable types

Ethernet and Fiber overview. Cable shielding and media transmission concepts.

Introduction to Transmission Media:

Highspeed Cable (Coaxial)

Permanent Virtual Circuits (Frame Relay/ISDN,DSL,T1’s-T-3,OC3-OC192)

Wireless technologies overview

Overview of Telecom Topologies

Physical layout: ZDA (Zone Distribution Area), MDA (Main Distribution Area), HDA (Horizontal Distribution Area), EDA (Equipment Distribution Area)

Telecom Room overview and ANSI/TIA standards

Drop Ceilings, Raised Floors, Cooling

Structured Cabling overview

Real-time low-voltage exercises (Real-time demonstration with Tech Kits Provided)

 

Hands-on low-voltage crimping and cabling with Ethernet

(Drops & Stripping)

Hands-on Fluke Meter overview and uses 

(i.e. Fluke Testing Cables)

Hands on Tone-Generator exercises and cable probing
Hands-on Terminating Patch Panels
Hands-on Structured Cabling exercises
Construction Tools and Certification (External Partner)

With TEKsystems, you will finish your training focused on your OSHA and SST certifications as well as additional safety training related to construction tools.

Curriculum

The technical training and professional development skills you need

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Learn How to Think Like An IT Professional

Prepare to handle real workplace demands by challenging your understanding of course material and scenario problem solving.


Participate in Hands-On Labs

To provide an innovative, hands-on learning experience, Per Scholas provides learners with a tech kit based on their training track and delivery model, whether in person or remote. These kits are designed to enhance the learning experience and will be utilized in labs throughout the course.


Professional Training with Employer Partners

Construct a tech professional resume and practice your interviewing skills with employees from some of our employer partners.

Meet Our Graduates

When you are interviewing a Per Scholas graduate, you already have someone who is committed and prepared for the work world and responsible for their time and availability.

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How to Be Considered

Learner Profile

You may qualify to become a Per Scholas Learner if you:

  • Are aged 18 or older
  • Can communicate effectively in English 
  • Have a High School diploma, equivalent, or higher
  • Are authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Can attend classes full-time for the entire duration of the course
  • Are able to start a full-time job after course completion
  • Are ready to make an important commitment to building your future
  • Can lift 25-50 lbs
  • Can climb a ladder 4-5 feet 
  • Must have the ability to transport, or be transported, to and from various locations up to 1 hour from Framingham as requested by employer for potential post-training roles
  • Must be comfortable working with your hands over your head and kneeling/crouched down as well as standing 80% of the day
  • Are fully vaccinated In-person courses only

*Women, unemployed, underemployed and U.S. Veterans strongly encouraged to apply

Admissions Process

1. Submit an Eligibility Form

2. Admissions Overview: Once you submit an Eligibility Form, you’ll be directed to our Admissions Overview registration page. During this virtual webinar, you’ll learn more about our admissions process and next steps.

3. Assessments: Each training requires either an academic assessment, tech assessment or both. Information will be provided in detail at the Admissions Overview.

4. Interview: Individuals who meet the assessment score requirements will be invited to attend a behavioral interview.

5. Offer Letter and Onboarding: The Admissions team will review assessment scores and interview results and offer seats to eligible candidates. The learner onboarding process mirrors Employment Onboarding.

6. Background Check: Per Scholas believes technology can create opportunities and is committed to ensuring applicants are set up to succeed beyond the training program. Using a fair and efficient platform through Checkr, applicants will receive a secure link, provide the necessary virtual consents and complete the required screening information. Background check results will be provided to both the applicant and Per Scholas.

 

Please note, this application process is very competitive and not all applicants will be accepted for our limited slots.

More than a Technical Training

Additional professional development and support included to help you develop the skills you need for the job you want now and in the future.


Modern Facilities

In-Person courses offer each trainee their own lab-based computer workstation for the entire course. Breakout spaces to socialize and study are also available with strict safety protocols like social distancing, mask policies and air purification systems.


A Community of Support

Partner with your classmates to form study groups and create a community dedicated to everyone’s personal and professional success. Per Scholas learners also receive wraparound support services such as financial coaching, case management, and emergency financial support services.


Alumni Advancement

Complimentary upskilling opportunities extended to alumni up to two years post graduation to help them match employer hiring candidate profiles.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kinds of jobs can I get after completing this training?

A wide variety: everything from working in an office supporting other computer users to helping manage a global corporate network or becoming a field technician installing and servicing remote locations.

They all fall into the general categories of IT support management and end-user services.

IT support involves keeping computer systems running smoothly and securely at all times.

End-user support means helping other people—whether customers or employees—use computer systems and software effectively.

Starting salaries vary greatly, but the average is about $35,000 per year.

How can the course be free? Are there hidden fees?

Most people who learn about us think: “Too good to be true.” We know it seems that way, but it’s true. Our services are provided at no cost to you, using funds we raise from foundations, corporations, government and generous individuals.

The costs you can prepare for include transportation or childcare—expenses that take care of you so you can focus on your studies.

What professional certifications can I earn?

You will prepare to earn the Site Safety Training and OSHA certifications. As a Per Scholas graduate, you may have access to advanced certifications as well like the Security+ certification and others.

What are the safety measures for in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic?

In 2020, Per Scholas safely transitioned all of our learners to a remote instruction and learning environment. You can read about our transition to virtual instruction here.

 

In 2021, as local situations allowed, we began to transition select courses back on-site for in-person learning, following safety protocols that include but are not limited to:

  • All learners and staff complete confidential wellness screenings prior to arrival daily. 
  • Temperature screening at entry. Mandatory mask policies.
  • Reduced class sizes to accommodate for social distancing.
  • Disposal PPE and sanitation items available to all campuses.
  • Regular professional cleaning of campuses.
  • Air purification systems to assist with airflow.

 

In 2022, we will be adopting a new vaccination policy that requires all staff and in-person learners to be fully vaccinated, pursuant to local, state and federal guidelines. Per Scholas will continue to offer fully remote courses for individuals who prefer this learning environment or who are unvaccinated.

I receive unemployment insurance benefits or other benefits that require me to spend time working or looking for work. Can I still enroll?

Yes. Generally, Per Scholas courses are approved for people receiving unemployment insurance, as well as other benefits that would ordinarily require them to spend time working or looking for work. Your benefits should not be affected. If you have questions or concerns about your situation, please contact us.

I meet other requirements, but I am not a U.S. citizen and haven’t received my work authorization yet. Can I still apply?

Unfortunately, we cannot process your application until you have received clearance to work in the U.S. However, if you are experiencing problems, we may be able to refer you to other organizations that may be able to help.

I have a disability. Can you accommodate me?

We comply fully with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other relevant laws and regulations. Please contact an admissions team member to discuss your specific situation and needs.

Does Per Scholas have a Non-Discrimination policy?

We’re proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. See our full EEO statement here.

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Important Notice Regarding COVID-19 Vaccination

Beginning in January 2022, all in-person trainings will require learners to be vaccinated and/or have a medical/religious exemption. Note: all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, are eligible for remote training opportunities.