The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Extension and Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced a jointly developed, leading-edge wireless communications engineering certificate program for technical professionals in San Diego. Details of the new Specialized Certificate in Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) Engineering were finalized today as representatives of the two organizations signed an agreement at the University's Faculty Club to begin the program. The agreement makes available to the San Diego region premier education on digital wireless technology, curriculum developed by Qualcomm and, until now, provided exclusively to the Company's employees and customers.Bob Roth, director, training for Qualcomm's CDMA University, praised the agreement as "a way for Qualcomm to give back to the San Diego community and a major step toward more productive partnerships between the wireless communications industry and leading providers of career education such as UCSD Extension." Matthew Tasooji, manager, Qualcomm's CDMA University, echoed Roth's comments, adding his assessment that technical training programs developed by businesses for employees and clients also have a place in formal continuing education curricula. "The reason for our contribution to this new certificate program is simple. As we provide a high-level training program necessary to produce a workforce with skills that can be immediately deployed, we benefit not only ourselves, but the San Diego community and the entire wireless industry," Tasooji said.Professional and Specialized certificates are awarded to individuals who complete specified courses of study through UCSD Extension, the university's post-baccalaureate education division. Specialized Certificates, such as this one, are shorter, more concentrated programs especially suited for people who need to complete their studies in an academic year or less.The CDMA Engineering program requires the student to successfully complete and pass four courses, each designed to prepare engineers in the fundamentals of CDMA technology. The curriculum begins with an introduction to the fundamentals of wireless communication for CDMA wireless systems, followed by an introductory course in cdmaOne, the standard for Wireless Spread Spectrum Communication. Next, the student takes a class in basic Radio Frequency (RF) Engineering for CDMA Wireless Communication Systems. The final class is a thorough discussion of special topics in Wide-Band Wireless Communication Systems Network Planning with QEDesign®, Qualcomm's network planning and deployment software.Derry Connolly, UCSD Extension director of Engineering, Science, and Environmental Studies, announced that the courses will begin in the fall quarter with the first class scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, September 23 on the university's La Jolla campus. The cost for each course in the certificate program, not including text books, is $495, with a discount for early enrollment. The certificate application fee is $25."The San Diego telecommunications industry, dominated by Qualcomm, the pioneer of CDMA technology, has a growing demand for engineers skilled in this particular discipline," Connolly said. "There is an acute shortage of people with this knowledge in the San Diego region. This certificate program is a joint effort to increase skills in this area and help San Diego maintain its low unemployment rate."Connolly noted that the certificate is designed for people with an engineering or technical education, however, knowledge of telecommunications engineering is not necessary. He said several types of individuals have been identified as the program's target audience, including:
- Electrical engineers who have been out of school for a number of years and want to transition into the booming telecommunications industry;
- Newly graduated engineers looking to have the applied communication engineering skills to make them attractive as potential employees of high-tech telecom companies;
- Under-graduate engineering students, enrolled in the University's Concurrent Enrollment Program, so that on graduation these students increase their marketability to high-tech telecom companies; and
- System engineers, telecommunication network planners and other engineers who wish to gain more in-depth knowledge of digital communication system, with an emphasis on CDMA technology.
UCSD Extension is a division of UCSD Extended Studies and Public Programs, now celebrating its 33rd year providing lifelong learning and skill development education to the San Diego community. For complete details on the certificate and other programs, contact UCSD Extension at (619) 451-7693.Headquartered in San Diego, Qualcomm develops, manufactures, markets, licenses, and operates advanced communications systems and products based on its proprietary digital wireless technologies. The Company's primary product areas are CDMA wireless communications systems and products, the OmniTRACS® system (a geostationary satellite-based, mobile communications system providing two-way data and position reporting services) and, in conjunction with others, the development of the Globalstar™ low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellite communications system. Other Company products include the Eudora Pro® electronic mail software, ASIC products, and communications equipment and systems for government and commercial customers worldwide. For more information on Qualcomm products and technologies, please visit the Company's web site at http://www.qualcomm.com/>.# # #Qualcomm, QEDesign and Eudora Pro are registered trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. Globalstar is a trademark of Loral Qualcomm Satellite Services. All other company and product names are trademarks of their respective holders.