# CTE Resource Center - Administrative Planning Guide - Telecommunications I (8650/36 weeks, 140 hours)

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Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Telecommunications I (8650/36 weeks, 140 hours)

Course Description

Course Code:8650
Work-based Learning:Available
Duration:36 weeks, 140 hours
Suggested Grade Levels:10–11

Students will learn about the technological and competitive advances now transforming the communications industry. This course will introduce students to the basic concepts and structural elements of voice, video, and data communications industry. Topics will include an introduction to signal transmission, attenuation, distortion, and signal propagation over cables, fiber, and air. User-premises based telecommunications platforms, switching, wiring, and networking, as well as facilities that provide and support telecommunications systems will be studied. Students will have the skills to become Certified Telecommunications Technicians, Satellite Technicians, and Certified Fiber Optics Technicians through Electronics Technicians Association International (ETA).

As noted in Superintendent’s Memo #058-17 (2-28-2017), this Career and Technical Education (CTE) course must maintain a maximum pupil-to-teacher ratio of 20 students to one teacher, due to safety regulations. The 2016-2018 biennial budget waiver of the teacher-to-pupil ratio staffing requirement does not apply.

Career Clusters and Pathways

For federal reporting (choose one)

  • Arts, Audio/Video Technology and Communications
    • Audio and Video Technology and Film
    • Performing Arts
    • Telecommunications

Available Credentials

Concentration Sequences

A combination of the course above and those below, equivalent to two 36-week courses. Students wishing to complete a specialization may take additional courses appropriate to their career pathways.

Check the course description for any course listed below, because some may have a prerequisite.