Winter 2015 NACTEL Newsletter


Virtual Open House @ Pace University

Want a quick way to find out more about NACTEL programs at Pace?

Learn about the different programs in one hour on January 13th.

Choose a time: 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. Eastern

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In This Issue

• Virtual Open House
• New Year's resolutions?
• Cisco Midyear Security Report
• Industry News
• Tech LOL
• Student Success

Time for New Year's resolutions?

If you've resolved to get serious about your education, NACTEL has some new courses for you.

New technical courses:
• Cyber Security
• Mobile Forensics

Business savvy courses, created with telecom in mind:
• Back-to-basic English
• Technical Writing
• Public Speaking

Register now! Sign up for NACTEL at Pace University.

Cisco Midyear Security Report 2014

It's been quite a month for cyber security. If you don't believe us, ask Sony about "The Interview" and North Korea. Because security is so important, NACTEL thought you might like to see the 2014 Cisco Midyear Security Report. Click here to read the report.

Industry News – Telecom 2020?

Here are some trends we've been watching:

• Virtualization (NFV, VNF, SDN, etc.)
• Next gen cloud services (i.e. hybrid cloud, customer-controlled cloud)
• Internet of Things (IoT)
• Telecom analytics
• 5G mobile
• OTT service delivery
• Distributed data centers
• Security
• Gigabit cities
• Communications drones

Which ones do you think will be most important during the next 5 years?

Meet NACTEL – Steve Murphy

In each edition of the NACTEL newsletter, we feature one of the Partner representatives on the NACTEL Board of Directors. Today, we are talking to Steve Murphy with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).

Q: We know you represent the IBEW on the NACTEL Board of Directors. Can you tell us more about what you do?

A: Currently, I serve as the Business Manager of IBEW Local 2323. My membership is made up of mostly Verizon workers in the State in Rhode Island. I am also on the Board of Directors for the Institute of Labor Studies and Research, which is dedicated to education and training for Rhode Island workers.

Q: What's new at the IBEW?

A: The IBEW, over the last few years, has begun to educate the general public of who we are and what we do by way of commercials. Our goal has been to increase awareness about the labor, its historical role in worker rights, and clarifying the fact that we are the solution, not the problem, for the economic difficulties facing the average American today. I'm proud to say that the IBEW has been on the forefront of this venture.

Q: Why did you decide to be involved with NACTEL?

A: I'm a huge advocate for people continuing their education and, for my membership; NACTEL is a great way to do it! NACTEL provides a clear path for them to stay up-to-date with the newest technologies and practices that play a key part of their daily work lives. This is especially beneficial for our members in the quickly evolving the telecommunications industry.

Q: Any advice for current or future NACTEL students?

A: Now, it is more important than ever to better yourself through education, especially if your employer offers you tuition assistance. It's a difficult endeavor to balance work, school, and life but the reward of obtaining a college degree far outweighs the expense. If you're a considering becoming a new student, start with one class in an effort to not become overwhelmed. If your already a student, congratulations, you should be proud of your hard- work and dedication. Now, be sure to encourage your friends and co-workers to enroll in such a great program!

Q: Anything the world should know about you? (Here's your chance!)

A: I have been working on achieving a Bachelor's degree for the better part of ten years. Thankfully, come May 1st I will have completed my last course in order to graduate. I am the type of person who likes to practice what I preach!

Tech LOL- WiFi Connection

Student Success - Alphur "Slim" Willock

"When I first started, it was all about phones; now it's all about computers; and next is where I want to go, which is wireless. The emerging wireless technology course I took has definitely helped me and geared me toward the right path."

Alphur "Slim" Willock
Associate's Degree in Telecom from Next Step
CWA Local 1106
Student in the NACTEL Bachelor's program at Pace University

Alphur "Slim" Willock has over two decades of experience under his belt at Verizon. He began as a security guard, and then became a directory assistant operator before moving into the field. For the past 15 years, he has worked in the field as a Telecommunications Technical Associate, Service Elite qualified, handling everything from installation, to repairs, to training for both the residential and commercial sectors.

He completed the Next Step program at Verizon in 2009, earning his Associate's degree from Queensborough Community College's elite engineering program, and knew he wanted to continue his education. "The change in the industry is happening so rapidly, and Verizon will remain in the forefront with its Service Elite Initiative," Slim said. He had heard about the online NACTEL program through Pace University's Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems from co-workers, and after researching the program, decided to pursue his Bachelor's degree online.

Slim admits that it was an adjustment to the online format since all of his previous education had been through traditional face-to-face instruction, but once he adjusted, he really enjoyed it. "Being a single father to six children after my wife passed away, the flexibility and convenience of an online program has been extremely beneficial, because it allows me to be home with my children."

With only a few classes left to complete, Slim anticipates he will complete his Bachelor's degree in 2015. Slim states his family has been a great motivator, because his Nana always emphasized that, "Education is the key to life," and his mother always drilled into him, "To never give up". He believes the knowledge he has gained in the program is directly applicable to not only his current position, but to his career ambitions: "What I've learned has put me ahead of the game. My goal is to continually excel, which is why I'm in this program and will continue to promote it."

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