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Broadband Technologies

Technical Diploma

63 Credits | 2 Years

Financial Aid-Eligible

Rice Lake

Career Cluster: Information Technology

Broadband Technologies encompasses the physical side of communications technology. You will learn the theory and hands-on skills needed to work for companies in the broadband industries. Engineering, construction, installation, maintenance and service providers all hire graduates with the skill set that is learned in this program. 

Program Overview

In the Broadband Technologies program, you will learn the skills necessary to engineer, install and maintain video, voice and data services. You will work with fiber optics, twisted pair copper, coaxial and wireless communication. 

Program Outcomes

Broadband Technologies graduates will be able to:

  • Apply basic concepts for broadband services
  • Resolve broadband service problems
  • Demonstrate safe practices and techniques
  • Perform installations of cellular systems
  • Diagnose problem areas using electrical principles and solid-state/digital electronics
  • Interpret system maps
  • Perform repairs and troubleshooting of broadband systems
  • Test broadband network levels
  • Perform layout and construction of broadband systems
  • Perform installations of broadband systems

Within the first week of classes, you will be in the lab learning how to splice cables. Industry veterans will visit from time-to-time and give you tips and tales from their career experience. Your skills learned in the broadband industry are not region specific. WITC has graduates who find positions in all 50 states and several international positions. Job demand is high and likely to remain that way. 

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State-of-the-Industry.

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In-demand career. 


Academics

Broadband Technologies is available at the Rice Lake campus and online. 

You will have the option as a WITC student to get industry-recognized certifications. Cisco, A+, ETA and SCTE certifications are all available. Your WITC instructors can act as a proctor for the exams at the Rice Lake campus. 

Experienced Instructors

Broadband Technologies instructors have worked in the industry. Cellular, CATV, Fiber Optics, Networking and Construction are all some of the positions held by instructors. 

Club Activities

Through the Broadband Technologies program, you will participate in fun, social activities and perform some community service work. Other student organizations are available such as the Veterans Club, Student Senate and CAB. 

Large Professional Network

The Broadband Technologies program has been at WITC since the 1970s. Most broadband companies in the area have at least one WITC program graduate. With WITC on your application, you will have an advantage over competitors. 


Curriculum

The program is comprised of courses that allow you to discover and learn the four distinct area of the telecommunications industry–telephony, cable television, computer information systems and wireless communications. 

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Featured Broadband Technologies Courses

32451368
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UGRD
| 1 CR
This course is an introduction to the evolution of Internet services. Students will be introduced to the different types of broadband Internet delivery methods, installation and troubleshooting methods, Internet transmission types, safety issues, government regulatory services, the “Internet of Things” (IoT) and future trends.
32451359
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UGRD
| 2 CR
Geographical Informational Systems (GIS) provides broadband businesses with many solutions such as analyzing relationships among signal coverage, test results, trouble tickets, customer inquiries, revenues, and gap analysis. Broadband companies use GIS for geocoding antennas, analyzing service areas, geocoding clients, and correlating equipment requirements to service area demand. Students will learn the fundamental concepts and basic functions of a GIS, the properties of GIS maps, and the structure of a GIS database. In course exercises, you will develop basic software skills by working with tools to visualize geographic data, create maps, query a GIS database, and analyze data using common analysis tools.
32451369
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UGRD
| 3 CR
This course introduces the student to the basics of the HFC (Hybrid Fiber Coaxial) portion of the broadband industry. It will focus on four (4) primary areas: cable and wire - the design of the cables physically and electrically and how to splice them; print reading - construction drawings and system maps/circuit diagrams; station installation - installation of customer materials and equipment and teaching the customers how to properly use the equipment; basic trouble shooting - finding and repairing trouble in materials and equipment.

Broadband Technologies is Part of a Career Pathway

As a Broadband Technologies student at WITC, you can earn credentials each step of the way. 

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You could take this first and get a credential.

Broadband Customer Service Specialist

Technical Diploma
6 Credits / Less than 1 Semester
Potential Careers
Customer Service Phone Bank, Customer Service Receptionist, Direct Sales Representative
Range of Yearly Salary
$24,080-$31,890 annually
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Broadband Installer

Technical Diploma
14 Credits / less than One-Year
Potential Careers
Fiber Optic Cable Splicer, CCTV Security Systems Installer, Residential/Business Installer, Aerial/Buried Cable Installation, Outside Plant Installation
Range of Yearly Salary
$29,350-$35,048 annually
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Continue your education to advance your skills.

Broadband Technician

Technical Diploma
33 credits
Potential Careers
Broadband Technician, Cellsite Technician, Telephone Installer/Repairer
Range of Yearly Salary
$33,280–$46,467 annually
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Broadband Technologies

Technical Diploma
58 Credits Total | Additional 44 or 52 Credits
 2 Years Full-Time
Potential Careers
Cellsite Technician, Broadband Technician, Broadband Consultant, Telephone Installer/Repairer, Repairer of Systems/Equipment, Cable Splicer (Fiber Optics), Central Office Repairer or Installer, Private Branch Installer/Repairer, and more
Range of Yearly Salary
$30,950 - $66,125 Annually
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Continue your education to obtain your bachelor's degree.

Broadband Technologies Bachelor's Degree

UW-Stout
Potential Careers
Telecommunications Engineering, Electronics Engineering
Range of Yearly Salary
$47,340–$80.184

Admissions and Tuition

WITC has a simple three-step admissions process that can be completed in one visit. Fill out the application form either online or at a campus, complete an assessment and meet with a WITC counselor. In the meeting, you'll discuss your goals and the counselor will make sure you're getting the most out of your education and the best bang for your buck.

Tuition and Fees

WITC breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits and scholarships. 

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Estimated Total Program Costs*

Broadband Technologies

63 Credits | 2 Years

$10,740

$10,040 In Tuition and Fees

$700 in Tools, Supplies and Uniforms


*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 


After the WITC Broadband Technologies Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a: 

  • Broadband Customer Service Specialist technical diploma
  • Broadband Technician technical diploma
  • Broadband Installer technical diploma
  • Broadband Technologies technical diploma
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Transfer Options

Transfer your WITC credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

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Career Outlooks

WITC's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.

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Gainful Employment

Established by the U.S. Department of Education, Gainful Employment is available to help you make an informed decision about which career to pursue. This required information shows data about how WITC's technical diploma programs that receive federal financial aid lead to gainful employment in recognized careers. 

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Impact Grant

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This IMPACT (Interfacing Manufacturing Process and Connecting Technologies) program is 100% funded with an H-1B TechHire Partnership $5 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.

This program is an equal opportunity program and auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. (Contact 1.800.243.9482 TTY 711 for program information.)

This workforce product was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The product was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The U.S. Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership.

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