Fiber Optic Training – Meet The Trainer

Professor Thomas Collins

Biographical Information

Thomas Collins is a retired full professor in the Telecommunication Technology Program at Gateway Community and Technical College (KCTCS) and the Department Chair for the Voice and Data Technology Program. Professor Collins has 30 years of experience in Voice and Data/ Electrical Technology instruction and forty – two years of experience in the industry. In addition, he has created/designed programs for over 30 national/international company /organization(s).

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Professor Collins holds the following educational credentials and professional certifications:

  • KCTCS /Gateway Community and Technical College Professor
  • North Carolina State University Diploma Program. Energy Efficiency & Facility Management
  • North Carolina State University Certificate Program, Facilities Engineering Management
  • Northern Kentucky University –Post Bachelor Degree - Construction Engineering
  • University Of Cincinnati – Bachelor of Science Degree
  • Fiber Optic Association - Master Trainer, Board of Directors 15 years
  • OSHA 10 – 30 hour Construction / Industrial Safety Trainer
  • State Of Kentucky Master Electrician
  • State of Kentucky/ Ohio CEU license trainer
  • Fiber Optic Safety Training program
  • Fiber Optic Training for Outside Plant/ Design. Started the Smart Grit Training programs for Duke Energy

Professor Collins has been recognized by:

  • Gateway Community and Technical College and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System for the “New Horizons” faculty award in March, 2003
  • The Fiber Optic Association Board of Advisers
  • The Kentucky Community and Technical College System to serve as a representative on the apprenticeship delegation to Germany in 1999

Programs developed and implemented by Professor Collins include:

  • Gateway Community and Technical College, Energy Program
  • Toyota Motor Corporation, Developed Industrial Fiber Optic Program
  • Fiber Optic Association - Train the Trainer program
  • An Industrial Maintenance training program and an Industrial Safety training program for 30 local employers
  • Safety Program for Telecommunication Workers – 30 hour OSHA
  • Presentations/training four major Conventions
  • National Training Institute – 20 years as trainer – University of Michigan
  • State of Ohio and Kentucky –Contractor State License renewal program- 15 years






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