Pelham high senior Eric Cordeiro, who is taking the electrical vocational course at Pinkerton Academy, learns about fiber optics from professional electrician Craig Joyce.

DERRY | Fiber optics is like golf | low score wins.

Seniors DJ Poirier and Eric Cordeiro got the lowest value in their test for leaking light from the fiber optics cable, but it was a close call, with their 0.30 test value against the second place winners with 0.31.

The students, who are visiting from Timberlane and Pelham high schools respectively, are among the 19 students in Pinkerton Academy's electricity vocational program who participated in a three-day training on fiber optics and other wiring for ethernet and networks.

This year was the first time the electricity program at Pinkerton has offered such a training for the students, said teacher Charlie Kennedy, who runs the electricity vocational program at the academy. He said the market is calling for the wiring, such as for home theaters. The students need the skills to be versatile, he said.

Craig Joyce, a certified trainer in the technology, volunteered at the school to teach the students fiber optics and copper wiring. Joyce created a training program for such work and has been teaching installers, primarily electricians, for more than a decade, he said.

Pinkerton's electrical program is approved by the state as an electrical apprentice program, so students receive an apprentice card and earn hours toward their apprenticeship, Kennedy said. The program also has an advisory board of professionals in the field, including Joyce, to keep the school in touch with technology and advances in the industry, he added.

"The knowledge in this industry changes almost daily," Kennedy said.

At the end of the three-day program, students received a certificate outlining the training they received and the work they are qualified to do. Kennedy said the certificate will help boost their résumé.

Students from other schools attend Pinkerton Academy's electricity program because their schools don't offer it. Kennedy said Pinkerton students can attend other area schools for vocational programs it doesn't offer, such as culinary arts.

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