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Michigan Virtual team delivering online expertise for connected vehicle program

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The State of Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development through the Skilled Trades Training Fund awarded Capital Communications, Inc., a Plymouth-based leader in telecommunications $30,000 to participate in online and classroom training for the Connected Vehicle Professional program developed by SAE International and Mobile Comply.

Mobile Comply in partnership with Michigan Virtual’s Virtual Learning Solutions will be the education provider for the online delivery and learning management system and the interactive blended learning environment for this exciting program.

Industry experts say approximately 500,000 new jobs will be created within the connected vehicle industry by 2020, with an almost sevenfold increase in the number of new vehicles equipped with factory-fitted mobile connectivity over the next five years. To meet this demand, professionals will need the proper education, training and credentialing within the connected vehicle space.

Michigan Virtual’s Virtual Learning Solutions offers a variety of solutions to organizations, including custom online learning solutions, technology services, meeting room rental and HD video conferencing, all of which will drive this partnership to meet the demands of this growing industry.

Michigan Virtual’s vision to be Michigan’s digital learning leader is in perfect alignment with the Mobile Comply’s mission to maintain the state’s technical lead as the worldwide automotive capital. Through our new Virtual Learning Solutions business unit, we will leverage more than 15 years of experience in supporting thousands of online learners to address a critically important workforce development need. We look forward to working with other industry partners to provide world-class education and training solutions,” said Jamey Fitzpatrick, President and CEO of Michigan Virtual.

David O’Reilly, president of Capital Communications: “Since its beginnings in 1986, Capital Communications has served the great state of Michigan with the highest quality services and technologies to deliver solutions for telecommunications, internet and mobility. With our love of cars combined with living in and serving the automotive capital of the world, it is our mission to do all we can to bring the same level of quality to this exciting new technology and help to ensure Michigan becomes the Connected Automotive Capital of the World.”

“With the growing demand and potential for thousands of jobs in the connected vehicle space in the next few years, and the participation of non-typical industries such as insurance, IT, analytics and telecommunications, it has become imperative to have a common frame of understanding, and a mechanism to establish competency in this field.” said Elaina Farnsworth, CEO of Mobile Comply.

The CVP Credentialing Program’s blended learning approach incorporates instructor-led lectures, online activities, videos and other interactive elements to provide the learner with the necessary understanding of Vehicle-to-Vehicle, Vehicle-to-Infrastructure, and Vehicle-to-X connectivity inclusive to the rapidly advancing field of connected vehicles. Those who successfully complete the end-of-course learning assessments are awarded the SAE International/CVTA Certificate of Competency.

The program consists of three courses:

  1. CVP I – Functions, Communication Protocols and Architectures
  2. CVP II – Standards, Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V), Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I), and Vehicle to Everything (V2X)
  3. CVP III – Data, Emerging Markets, Policy and Government Regulations

About Michigan Virtual

Michigan Virtual is a private, nonprofit Michigan corporation established by the State of Michigan in 1998 to serve as a champion for online learning. It is the parent organization of the Michigan Virtual for Students and Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute.

About Capital Communications, Inc.

An ISO 9001:2000 and TL 9000 registered company, Capital Communications, Inc. is an award-winning telecommunications contracting company located in Plymouth, Michigan. For over 25 years, Capital Communications has maintained a small-company feel – intentionally remaining nimble to allow quick ramp-up times and prompt responses to customer needs. One of the most trusted and respected providers in the industry, Capital Communications is known for our uncompromising work ethic and exceptional customer service.

About Mobile Comply

Mobile Comply, a Michigan based, internationally recognized, mobility training firm, is staffed with industry leading subject matter experts specializing in the connected vehicle, as well as hands-on mobility training, implementation and development. For more information contact [email protected] or call (866) 3792472.

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About Michigan Virtual

Michigan Virtual™ (formally known as Michigan Virtual University®) provides online courses for Michigan students, professional development for educators and is the parent organization of the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute®. As a nonprofit organization with more than 20 years of experience, Michigan Virtual is Michigan’s leading voice in online education. Visit us at michiganvirtual.org.

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