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SCTE launches two programs, lines up CLC sessions

Mon, 12/03/2001 - 7:00pm
Anne Kerven

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers launched an e-mail trainer discussion forum and a new speakers bureau, and lined up sessions for its Chapter Leadership Conference in March.

The trainers discussion forum is an e-mail discussion group, where broadband trainers and training managers can post questions, solve problems and discuss experiences with industry experts, including SCTE's training committee members, the organization says.

The speakers bureau is a list of industry speakers, sorted by topic, location, language and name, SCTE says.

SCTE spokeswoman Ginny Nagle says the speakers bureau started seven years ago, but was updated, enlarged and launched on the Web site with a new search function. Nagle says the list has 80 volunteer speakers, who are funded by their companies.

"Anyone holding a conference, training or company event is encouraged to use (the list) to identify knowledgeable speakers focused on the technical elements of the industry," says VP of Marketing and Member Services Melissa Hicks. "Some speakers charge fees, others do not. It's strictly at the speakers' discretion and is worked out between the speaker and the program planner."

The trainers discussion forum started in September to build on networking that started at the Broadband Knowledge Summit in August. The forum is for anyone involved with broadband training, she says. Questions are posted to the forum by broadband trainers and answered by colleagues, she says. Participants get the posted Q&A via e-mail. There's no cost to subscribe. The forum is located at www.scte.org.

SCTE also announced the sessions for its third CLC. The sessions, scheduled for March 15, start with "We Have to Stop Meeting Like This," which outlines ways to maximize meeting time. "Mining Local Treasures" details how to find and use local resources for technical programs.

"Blueprint for Chapter Success" covers recruitment, Web site maintenance and other administrative issues, such as sponsoring a vendor trade show.

Other sessions cover garnering local MSO support on training and testing, and alternatives to roundtable discussions.

SCTE says its keynote speaker will be Annette Petrick, chief of Petrick Outsourcing Unlimited.

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