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That fiber optic technology is revolutionizing communications is widely recognized, but do you know exactly how and why? A two-day UC Berkeley Extension course demystifies fiber optic technology for people with either nontechnical or technical backgrounds.

"The ABC's of Fiber Optic Technology" will be held three times this spring in three different locations around the Bay Area: in Berkeley on Feb. 25-26 at UC Berkeley Extension, 1995 University Avenue; in Redwood City on April 8-9 at UC Berkeley Extension Peninsula Center, 1991 Broadway, in Redwood City; and in San Francisco on June 10-11 at UC Berkeley Extension Downtown Center, 425 Market St. The cost is $995. To enroll, call (510) 642-4111 or enroll online at http://www.unex.berkeley.edu/.

Attendees will gain an understanding of the essential concepts and terminology of fiber optic technology including: how it works, how it is manufactured, and key players in the industry.

"Fiber optics and photonics is the fundamental enabling technology for our future high-speed communications services, including high performance telecommunication and data communication networks, and emerging new consumer services. Employees in those industries and in related industries can gain a competitive advantage by developing a background in this key technology," says Dr. Richard Tsina, chair of Continuing Education in Engineering at UC Berkeley Extension.

Instructor Robert Dahlgren is president of Silicon Valley Photonics, a training and consulting firm specializing in advanced optical technology and technical marketing.

Offered for the first time in fall 2001, the course is a new addition to a very popular series of technology briefings for non-technical people. For more information about the "ABCs" series, short courses introducing such subjects as electronics, computing, semiconductor and internet technologies, call (510) 642-4151, e-mail course@unx.berkeley.edu or see www.unex.berkeley.edu/eng.

According to student Eric Hundley, senior sales engineer at Tyco Electronics: "The course included many of the relevant technical issues I work with day-to-day, which helps me to better communicate in the language my engineering customers speak."

For a free catalog listing 1,400 courses offered by UC Berkeley Extension this spring in locations around the Bay and beyond, call toll-free 1-888-UC-SMART (888-827-6278) or visit Extension's website at http://www.unex.berkeley.edu/.

Kap Stann, Director
Public Relations and Internal Communications
UC Berkeley Extension
1995 University Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94720
tel 510-643-8093
fax 510-643-1249

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