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About Us

Immerse yourself in hands-on learning with the Fiber Optic Academy, where experienced instructors share their expertise and innovative approaches to illuminate your understanding of fiber optics. Join us today and enlighten your world.

We are a hands-on training company

The Fiber Optic Academy was founded in 2019 with the mission of equipping aspiring individuals with the essential knowledge and practical skills needed to seamlessly transition into the dynamic world of cabling. Recognizing the industry's pressing demand for a well-trained workforce, this innovative institution has made it its core purpose to bridge the gap between classroom learning and real-world application. Led by a team of seasoned instructors who possess invaluable, first-hand experience in the field, the Fiber Optic Academy delivers a unique, immersive educational experience that blends cutting-edge theory with hands-on, interactive training. Whether students are embarking on their career journey or seeking to upskill, the academy's comprehensive curriculum caters to learners of all backgrounds, empowering them with the expertise required to thrive in the fiber optic industry. Combining online coursework with in-depth laboratory sessions, the Fiber Optic Academy has pioneered a versatile learning model that brings the entire classroom experience to your doorstep, making world-class training accessible from anywhere in the world. The Fiber Optic Academy is committed to providing the highest quality training to a new generation of confident, capable cabling professionals who are poised to drive innovation and excellence in their field.

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Meet Our Staff

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FOA Certified Instructor, CFOS/I, CFOT, CFOS/T, CFOS/O, CFOS/H, CFOS/S, CPCT

Steven D. Hudson - CEO

+1 (501) 492-9161

stevenhudson@hotmail.com

With over 30 years of experience in the technology industry, Steven's career has spanned the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Postal Service, and various network engineering roles. After serving in the Air Force/Air National Guard in communications, he continued his path in tech as a help-desk technician for the U.S. Postal Service in Arkansas. In 2004, Steven transitioned to network administration at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Science & Arts, while also working alongside his father as a network engineer to expand the state's LAN and WAN connectivity.

Steven's teaching experience began as an adjunct professor before he joined a FOA-approved fiber optics training company in 2015. He then opened his own training camp in 2019, educating students on outside plant fiber and copper. Throughout his career, Steven has partnered with industry leaders like Verizon, Crown Castle, Frontier, and AT&T on FTTx projects. Today, he manages the splicing department at Ervin Cable Construction, helping to install one of the nation's largest FTTH networks.

Steve's upcoming courses:

CFOT: 3 - Day Certified Fiber Optics Technician Course

Oklahoma City, OK - Location To be Determined

TBD

8:00 AM - 6:00PM

$949.00/student

CFOS/S: 2 - Day Certified Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Splicing Course

Oklahoma City, OK - Location To be Determined

TBD

8:00 AM - 6:00PM

$949.00/student

CFOS/T: 2 - Day Certified Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Testing Course

Oklahoma City, OK - Location To be Determined

TBD

8:00 AM - 6:00PM

$949.00/student

CPCT: 2 - Day Certified Premises Cabling Technician Course

Oklahoma City, OK - Location To be Determined

TBD

8:00 AM - 6:00PM

$949.00/student

Staff

FOA Master Instructor, CFOT, CFOS/T, CFOS/S, CFOS/O, CFOS/H

Peter Morcombe - Technical Writer & Fiber Optics Historian

+1 (321) 474-1708

peter@morcombe.net

The Fiber Optic Academy welcomes one of the original founders of fiber optics, Mr. Peter H. Morcombe.  Peter has over 50 years of experience in fiber networking, high tech telecommunications, and computers.  While managing the Hitchen Stevenage link near Milton Keynes, England, Peter was hired to manage the OCU (Optical Communication Unit) in Harlow.  His main contribution to the OCU was improving the manufacturing processes for optical fiber and optical cables. He also participated in a lawsuit against Corning over patent infringement.

His staff at OCU produced the fiber for the TAT-8 prototype cable but by the time the production phase started he was already at ITT HQ in New York.  His job at ITT involved building cable factories in several countries including Australia, the USA and South Korea.  He left the OCU for ITT HQ in 1982 just as John Tilly was appointed project manager for the TAT-8 project (completed in 1988).

Additionally, Peter was project manager for the 1980 ME29 computer project at the Duke University Free Electron Laser. He spent 4 years developing lasers and picosecond streak cameras. His fiber optics experience includes the manufacture of fiber, fiber optic cable, terminal equipment, and complete systems installation. Most importantly, Peter worked with many of the early fiber optic pioneers including Dr. Charles Kao and David Payne in the design and development of fiber optic systems.

Peter’s professional memberships include FOA, IEE, IEEE and LEOS (Lasers & Electro-Optics Society). Peter has a Master of Arts with Honors from Cambridge University in Electrical Engineering and Physics. In addition, he was awarded a scholarship in physics by Pembroke College, Cambridge and an industrial scholarship by GEC Ltd. He is Certified as a Master Instructor by the Fiber Optics Association.

Staff

FOA Certified Instructor, CFOT, CFOS/T, CFOS/S, CFOS/I

Tom Dowdy - FOA Certified Instructor

+1 (972) 839-6157

tbdowdy@hotmail.com

Tom joins TFOA with an Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Technology  and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.  He later joined with General Dynamics Ft. Worth, TX as an Electronics Technician where he was involved in numerous LAN installations for them.

He later joined GTE Telecommunications where he managed the Fiber Backbone from Sacramento to Denver. He was with GTE for over 30 years. In addition to managing the fiber optics backbone for GTE, Tom taught Fiber to their Engineers in the early 1990s.

Tom has been a Contract Consultant to major Telco providers throughout the years and, beginning in 2008, taught multiple FOA Fiber courses for the largest FOA approved Fiber Optics Technician School in the USA all across the USA.

Tom's upcoming courses:

CFOT: 3 - Day Certified Fiber Optics Technician Course

Oklahoma City, OK - Location To be Determined

TBD

8:00 AM - 6:00PM

$949.00/student

CFOS/S: 2 - Day Certified Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Splicing Course

Oklahoma City, OK - Location To be Determined

TBD

8:00 AM - 6:00PM

$949.00/student

CFOS/T: 2 - Day Certified Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Testing Course

Oklahoma City, OK - Location To be Determined

TBD

8:00 AM - 6:00PM

$949.00/student

CPCT: 2 - Day Certified Premises Cabling Technician Course

Oklahoma City, OK - Location To be Determined

TBD

8:00 AM - 6:00PM

$949.00/student

Our Philosophy

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The Fiber Optic Academy, enlightening your world with knowledgeable instructors, real world applications and patience.  Join us soon!

Our History

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Over the past 30 years, our staff has evolved alongside the rapid technological advancements in the industry. The rise of system automation, building controls, wireless, and fiber to the home has created a growing need for highly skilled network technicians. Our instructors, who are seasoned veterans of the technology field, bring real-world expertise and innovative teaching methods into the classroom.

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