North Star Communications Group Launches New Training Facility in Plano

Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from North Star Communications Group Inc.

    PLANO, Texas, BELLEVUE, Wash., and BIRMINGHAM, Ala., April 16 /PRNewswire/
 -- North Star Communications Group recently celebrated the opening of the
 North Star Training Center, a state-of-the-art training facility at its Plano,
 Tx corporate location.  The facility gives North Star the ability to train up
 to 12 employees at one time on technical aspects of the telecommunications
 business such as:  Fujitsu's FLM 150 ADM, Flash600 ADX, Nortel S/DMS OC-3/ OC
 12 NE - TBM and DSC (now Alcatel) -- Litespan 2000.
     "The North Star Training Center will provide our employees with the skill
 set, or tools, they need to achieve success in this fast-paced industry," said
 Bill Johnson, the president and CEO of North Star.  "Because North Star is
 growing at such an incredible rate, we have placed employee education and
 training at the top of our list of priorities."
     North Star employees will be encouraged to attend courses offered at the
 new Plano Training Center.  Course titles include Introduction to
 Telecommunications, Basic Installation, Telecommunication Test Technician,
 SONET Overview and numerous others.  The goal of the Training Center is to
 give each attending employee a unified and multi-leveled set of skills to take
 back to the work place.
     With headquarters in Bellevue, Wash. and Birmingham, Ala., more than
 1500 employees and 83 operations offices across the United States, the North
 Star Plano location seemed ideally situated to serve as the training center
 for the company.  In addition, it is the telecom corridor to the nation, with
 more than 800 industry-related businesses headquartered there.
     Training is not a new concept to North Star.  The company has paved the
 way for worker education and training within the telecommunications industry
 in recent years.  In May 2000, it launched North Star University, an
 eight-week crash course for new and existing employees, and has experienced
 increased employee-retention as a result.
     Similar to North Star University, the Plano Training Center is open to all
 employees whose skill set would be broadened by attending the classes.
     North Star Communications Group, a BE&K company, offers a broad range of
 communications services, including telecom engineering, construction
 management, project management, network installation and maintenance and
 professional staffing.  North Star, founded in 1988, was purchased in 1998 by
 BE&K Inc, a $1 billion leader in engineering and construction and consistently
 ranked in recent years as one of Fortune magazine's "Top 100 Companies to Work
 for."
 
 

SOURCE North Star Communications Group Inc.
    PLANO, Texas, BELLEVUE, Wash., and BIRMINGHAM, Ala., April 16 /PRNewswire/
 -- North Star Communications Group recently celebrated the opening of the
 North Star Training Center, a state-of-the-art training facility at its Plano,
 Tx corporate location.  The facility gives North Star the ability to train up
 to 12 employees at one time on technical aspects of the telecommunications
 business such as:  Fujitsu's FLM 150 ADM, Flash600 ADX, Nortel S/DMS OC-3/ OC
 12 NE - TBM and DSC (now Alcatel) -- Litespan 2000.
     "The North Star Training Center will provide our employees with the skill
 set, or tools, they need to achieve success in this fast-paced industry," said
 Bill Johnson, the president and CEO of North Star.  "Because North Star is
 growing at such an incredible rate, we have placed employee education and
 training at the top of our list of priorities."
     North Star employees will be encouraged to attend courses offered at the
 new Plano Training Center.  Course titles include Introduction to
 Telecommunications, Basic Installation, Telecommunication Test Technician,
 SONET Overview and numerous others.  The goal of the Training Center is to
 give each attending employee a unified and multi-leveled set of skills to take
 back to the work place.
     With headquarters in Bellevue, Wash. and Birmingham, Ala., more than
 1500 employees and 83 operations offices across the United States, the North
 Star Plano location seemed ideally situated to serve as the training center
 for the company.  In addition, it is the telecom corridor to the nation, with
 more than 800 industry-related businesses headquartered there.
     Training is not a new concept to North Star.  The company has paved the
 way for worker education and training within the telecommunications industry
 in recent years.  In May 2000, it launched North Star University, an
 eight-week crash course for new and existing employees, and has experienced
 increased employee-retention as a result.
     Similar to North Star University, the Plano Training Center is open to all
 employees whose skill set would be broadened by attending the classes.
     North Star Communications Group, a BE&K company, offers a broad range of
 communications services, including telecom engineering, construction
 management, project management, network installation and maintenance and
 professional staffing.  North Star, founded in 1988, was purchased in 1998 by
 BE&K Inc, a $1 billion leader in engineering and construction and consistently
 ranked in recent years as one of Fortune magazine's "Top 100 Companies to Work
 for."
 
 SOURCE  North Star Communications Group Inc.