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November 22, 2013
HANOVER, Md. -- Ciena Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), the network specialist, today announced a new program with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to offer qualified honorably discharged, retired and active duty service members for all five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces access to Ciena’s world-class technology certification programs, free of charge. Spots will be reserved for veterans in each of Ciena’s industry-leading Carrier Ethernet (CE) certification and Optical Communications associate level classes, which are offered at over 50 accredited colleges from throughout the world. This training will provide qualified veterans with applicable training in emerging technologies for a wide variety of jobs that are needed across different disciplines including telecommunications, IT and cyber security.
As demand for faster communications and bandwidth grows, so does the need for qualified people who can support these cutting-edge technology networks. This certification program will provide selected veterans with the skill set to complement existing military training and compete effectively in the highly competitive telecommunications industry.
The CE and Optical certification program courses are offered on an open-enrollment basis at community colleges throughout the Global Corporate College (GCC) network. In addition, courses taken at an accredited college are also eligible for GI Bill reimbursements and tuition assistance.
Ciena offers a number of other advanced telecommunications training and certification programs that qualify for benefits under the GI bill, including additional courses on the Optical technology track which is available today, and the Test & Measurement programs, which will be launched next year.
In addition, veterans participating in the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program, which assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs, may talk to their counselors about including this training in their rehabilitation plan. For those interested in joining the VR&E Program, visit the VetSuccess website for more information.
Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN)
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