July 13, 2006 Fallbrook, CA -- The Fiber Optic Association (FOA), the non-profit professional society of fiber optics, has published what it claims is the first fiber-optic textbook translated into Spanish. FOA officials say the Spanish textbook will assist in the education of fiber-optic technicians and promote the use of fiber optics in Spanish-speaking countries, one of the goals of the organization.
"The Fiber Optic Technicians Manual" is used by many schools around the world to teach fiber optics, including over 150 FOA-approved training facilities. While most technicians working with fiber optics use English as a technical language, many instructors indicated that the book would be more useful for training technicians if it were available in local languages, especially Spanish due to the growing market for fiber optics in Latin and South America.
The FOA, working with publisher Delmar Thomson Learning and fiber-optic instructor Francisco Castro Cabrera of Mexico City, has produced the first textbook for fiber optics in Spanish. Translations were done by Francisco Castro with review by Patrick Sullivan, who teaches fiber optics in Spain. Francisco Castro also is starting up a new FOA chapter in Mexico to service Spanish-speaking countries.
For more information, visit www.thefoa.org.