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Brooklyn Networks is a free, six-week training program that helps unemployed and underemployed individuals access careers in low-voltage cabling. The course prepares graduates to obtain the industry-recognized BICSI credential, followed by work in fields like voice and data cabling, security system installation, broadcast cabling, and A/V system installation.
Brooklyn Networks trainees are unemployed or underemployed New Yorkers who have faced significant barriers launching their careers. We screen hundreds of applicants each year for about 60 training slots; please be sure to read our Apply page to make sure you’re a good fit before attending an Information Session.
Graduates of the program are ready to work hard and show up on time, understand color codes, routing and terminating lines, and the basics of pulling cable, among other skills. They are ready to learn on the job and grow in their new careers. If you want to hire a Brooklyn Networks graduate, please visit our Hire page.
Brooklyn Networks is six weeks long, full-time (Monday through Friday), with significant homework required throughout the course. The application process begins at BWI’s main office in South Brooklyn, and training takes place at a fully-outfitted skills training lab within the NYC College of Technology. Following the training course and completing the BICSI licensing exam, graduates receive two years of job placement assistance, career counseling and support as they continue working and advance into new roles.
All BWI training programs are offered free of charge. However, trainees must be able to cover their personal expenses, including meals and transportation during the training and job search.
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Graduates are placed into jobs as technicians and installers with telecommunications firms throughout the city. Often, tasks include running cable behind walls and ceilings, which support the critical technology and data infrastructure for offices, trading floors, and other sites. They work with their hands, must pay close attention to detail, and have to be quick problem-solvers. Most graduates work out in the field and may report to several job sites in one week, or they might be assigned to one job site for a long period of time.