BBCC Offers Course in Fiber Optic Communication


Moses Lake (Washington) based Big Bend Community College (BBCC) offers courses in fiber optic and electronic communication. Two classes covering the basics of high-speed data communication applications that are of growing importance to local industry are offered this spring at Big Bend Community College.

Electronic Communications I (IST-224) and Introduction to Fiber Optics (IST-226) are evening classes taught by BBCC instructor Steve Matern, who has held a Federal Communications Commission license since 1965 and has iNARTE industry certification.

Electronic communications cover the basics of radio frequency and other high-speed data applications now being applied in industry. The class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The fiber optics class is an introduction to fiber equipment and systems, with an emphasis on advantages of fiber compared to copper or radio-linked systems. This class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Spring quarter classes begin March 30 and last 11 weeks. Spring registration started Feb. 23. Students need a prerequisite course in Industrial Systems Technology or instructor permission to enroll. Contact Matern at 793-2266 or James Ayers at 793-2265 for information.

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