Light Brigade® Fiber Optic Training Sessions to be hosted by Jones/NCTI® in Colorado

Tukwila, WA and Spartanburg, SC – Light Brigade, an education and training division of AFL, and Jones/NCTI have expanded their joint relationship by bringing Light Brigade’s premier fiber optic training programs closer to front-line employees. In 2015, Jones/NCTI will host all nine Light Brigade training courses scheduled for the Denver area beginning in January.

“Light Brigade has been developing and delivering the very best in fiber optic training for nearly 30 years,” commented Steve Althoff, executive vice president and general manager of equipment and training for AFL. “Our expanded relationship with Jones/NCTI helps us to continue this tradition and to broaden the reach of both organizations as leaders in our respective areas of training.”

Wayne Applehans, president and chief product officer for Jones/NCTI added, “As more broadband services are being delivered via IP technologies and FTTx architectures are being deployed to bring fiber optic cable closer to the customer, the number of field staff working with this technology continues to increase. Our enhanced relationship with Light Brigade will combine our distance learning programs with Light Brigade’s hands-on training opportunities, and help to advance front-line employees’ skill sets for the broadband marketplace.”

The nine Light Brigade courses that will take place at Jones/NCTI’s Denver-area facility are:

  • January 20-23, 2015 - Fiber Optics for Utilities
  • February 10-13, 2015 - Fiber Optics 1-2-3
  • July 14-15, 2015 - Emergency Restoration
  • July 14-17, 2015 - Fiber Optics 1-2-3
  • September 9-10, 2015 - Certified Fiber-to-the-Home Professional
  • September 21-25, 2015 - Fiber Optics for ITS, Traffic, Fire Alarm, and Communication Systems
  • October 13-16, 2015 - Advanced Hands-on Modules
  • October 27-29, 2015 - FTTx OSP Design
  • December 1-4, 2015 - FTTx for Installers & Technicians
All classes will be held at Jones/NCTI’s state-of-the-art learning facility located at its corporate office in Centennial, Colorado.

About The Light Brigade
Founded in 1987, The Light Brigade has instructed over 50,000 attendees worldwide in its public and custom classes on fiber optic design, maintenance and testing, including advanced topics such as FTTx, DWDM and PMD/CD. In addition to creating custom courses tailored to any need or skill level, the company produces educational DVDs and CDs that provide focus on specific fiber related topics. For more information, visit

About AFL
AFL provides industry-leading products and services to the electric utility, broadband, communications, enterprise and OEM markets as well as the emerging markets of oil and gas, mining, nuclear, avionics, renewables and transportation. The company’s diverse product portfolio includes fiber optic cable, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectors, fusion splicers, test equipment and training. AFL’s service portfolio includes market-leading positions with the foremost communications companies supporting inside plant central office, EF&I, outside plant, enterprise and wireless areas.

Founded in 1984, AFL is proud to offer engineering expertise, exceptional products and reliable service that help our customers improve their critical and electrical infrastructure. AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific. The company is headquartered in Spartanburg, SC and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit

Rick Atchison
Training Development, Light Brigade

Corie Culp
PR Manager, AFL