NCTI agreed to become a reseller of Tech Trainer from Pangrac & Associates. The series of simulator-style software programs teach and evaluate troubleshooting skills for broadband technicians and engineers.

Tech Training is designed to target what's considered a broadband employee's weakest skill, which is troubleshooting, the company says.

NCTI is a Littleton, Colo.-based broadband training organization. It recently changes its name and announced plans to refocus its curriculum to address changing technology. The deal with Pangrac is part of that refocus, says Pangrac spokesman David Reiber.

"It's an interactive training package," he says. "It's styled along the lines of a flight simulator."

NCTI will integrate the software into its training, including developing new curricula to complement the interactive exercises, it says. It also plans to offer Tech Trainer in a Web-enabled CD format, award certificates of completion and keep records on employee progress and completion in its student records.

Reiber says the two have been in talks since spring. "They've got new funding and new management (and are) ramping up to keep up with the technology," he says.

Financial terms were undisclosed. The two anticipate a first-quarter 2002 distribution launch, with versions for service and installation techs, transport techs and headend techs to arrive later next year.