Rio Salado, SCTE Partner to Award College Credits for Telecommunications Courses


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Wednesday, February 8, 2023
New Partnership Creates Degree Pathway For Telecommunications Professionals

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE®), a CableLabs® subsidiary, has partnered with Rio Salado College (RSC) in Tempe, Arizona, to create a degree program for professionals working in the telecommunications industry. Through a combination of courses from both RSC and SCTE, learners can earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Broadband Telecommunications

SCTE online courses count toward the associate degree that can be completed through RSC. Rio Salado’s Telecommunication (TLT) courses align with SCTE’s training. Through this cooperative program between SCTE and Rio Salado, students will earn college credit from RSC for both TLT courses and Broadband courses from SCTE after successful completion of courses through Prior Learning Assessment. 

“The growing demand for talent in the broadband industry requires creative solutions and we’re committed to increasing the number of the pathways our members can take to up-skill and earn degrees,” said Mark Dzuban, CEO of SCTE. “We are pleased to work with Rio Salado to introduce another program to address the need to onboard, train and develop a fully skilled  technical and operations workforce.” 

Rio Salado College has decades of experience partnering with organizations to provide their  employees the opportunity to earn college credit for successful completion of their extensive  mandatory workplace training programs. 

"Telecommunications is critical to daily operations across our communities, and the employees  within the industry make the difference. Rio Salado College is honored to partner with the SCTE  to provide flexible and accessible pathways that meet the requisite telecommunications workforce demands while providing supported pathways to career mobility," said Dr. Kate Smith, Rio Salado college president. “Supporting people to realize their greatest potential is the most important work we do, and we are excited to work with SCTE to do just that for the  industry that keeps us all connected.” 

Learners can receive credit for coursework completed at SCTE and transfer credits from other  colleges or universities. The credits can then be applied towards the total needed to achieve a degree. For more information about the program and how to enroll, please visit the SCTE website. 


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