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Light Brigade® Partners with Next Level Technician

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Kent, Washington and Spartanburg, SC – May 8, 2019 – Light Brigade, AFL’s training and education division, has entered a training partnership with Next Level Technician, an organization focused on building technician skills in North and South Carolina. This partnership will help 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.  
Light Brigade Technicians Class
“Our partnership with Next Level Technician will play a critical part in preparing students for success in a rapidly growing field,” explained Lee Kellett, general manager of Light Brigade. “This new program will provide great training followed by the apprenticeship needed to ensure success.”

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. 

“Next Level Technician has set out to become a premier training organization in the Carolinas. We knew we needed support with fiber optics and that’s why we partnered with Light Brigade,” explained Michael Cole, president of Next Level Technician. “They bring a rich history of knowledge and align with our hands-on-training approach. This partnership will allow us to offer a deeper dive into fiber optics.”

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About AFL
Founded in 1984, AFL is an international manufacturer providing end-to-end solutions to the energy, service provider, enterprise and industrial markets as well as several emerging markets. The company’s products are in use in over 130 countries and include fiber optic cable and hardware, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectivity, test and inspection equipment, fusion splicers and training. AFL also offers a wide variety of services supporting data center, enterprise, wireless and outside plant applications.
Headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit Follow us on LinkedInTwitter, and “like us” on Facebook. Review our blog or subscribe to our bi-monthly e-newsletter.

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.  

Carole DeGruchy
Marketing Specialist
Light Brigade
(425) 291-4254

Corie Culp
Public Relations Manager


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