EWA Forms Education Council with Training Focus
Wednesday, April 04, 2018 | Comments

The Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) formed the Private Wireless Education Council (PWEC). The group’s objective is to nurture greater access to training programs in place and offer additional courses such as licensing and frequency coordination, system planning, spectrum acquisition, safety requirements and RF interference mitigation to expand its members’ knowledge base.

PWEC plans to develop educational training programs that support the informational and technical knowledge requirements of private wireless organizations, including wireless sales and service groups, communications service providers, manufacturer representatives, business enterprises and equipment manufacturers. The council will maximize industry participation and opportunity to access PWEC’s technical and informational curriculum through the development and dissemination of training materials and course content through periodicals, webinars and online training capabilities.

“Decision-makers and their technical staff know they must be well trained and need to stay abreast of the latest technologies, regulations and spectrum access strategies within our industry, so they can better serve their customers,” said Eric Hill, EWA senior vice president of operations.

To help meet the objective, EWA’s Wireless Leadership Summit, scheduled Oct. 10 – 11, in San Antonio, will expand its content offerings.

PWEC also plans to work with other organizations that provide industry-related educational and certification program capabilities to individuals and telecommunications organizations through joint promotional activities and financial-based business relationships and engage in other activities to further accomplish the fundamental objectives of the council.

At its organizational meeting March 29, the PWEC board of trustees elected Mobile Communications America Vice President for South Carolina Kevin Carter as chair. Until its close in late 2017, Carter had been chair of the board of directors of the Technology Resource Network International (TRNI), an association of wireless sales and service provider members that dissolved earlier this year.

“TRNI was formed to promote business, education, training and certification opportunities for its member organizations,” said Carter. “Within EWA’s PWEC, we will continue and strengthen that commitment to education.”

PWEC officers include Carter, Katie Ward with P & R Communications Service as vice chair and EWA’s Hill as secretary. Members of the PWEC board of trustees are Pat Cuntz, EMCO Technologies; Joe Gately, Gately Communication Co.; Rob Leonard, Comtronics; and Perry Vincent, Louisiana Radio Communications.

“EWA is taking on these educational responsibilities as reliable informational platforms remain a critical need within the private land mobile industry, and because our members require this service,” said EWA President Mark Crosby.

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