(AP) — The Big Sandy Community and Technical College in eastern Kentucky will launch the state's first broadband technology program this fall.
The new associate degree program, the third of its kind in the nation, is designed to train workers as the state moves to expand broadband across Kentucky in an attempt to revive the floundering Appalachian economy.
The Kentucky Community and Technical College's Board of Regents green lighted the program Friday. It will prepare students to work in installing and splicing fiber optic cable, maintenance, pole climbing and electrical construction.
The program is an outgrowth of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region initiative to expand broadband to eastern Kentucky coalfields in an attempt to bring high-tech job opportunities to the region's struggling job market.