Veterans Initiative

SCTE's latest diversity and inclusion initiative is to connect Unites States Veterans to the cable telecommunications industry. Veterans can enter a field where technology, telecommunications "know-how", and leadership lead to success. Veterans can trust the SCTE to provide the technical training needed to begin a lucrative career in cable.

The Mission: To recognize, support, develop and promote the participation and employment of military veterans within the cable telecommunications industry. 

The SCTE Veterans Initiative will provide:

  • Focused networking resource groups for former military personnel to connect with industry professionals regarding questions about the industry and careers within it
  • Specialized training and tools related to technical careers
  • Industry recognized SCTE certifications allow veterans to better position themselves for future employment
  • Employer outreach through SCTE-sponsored networking events and mentoring programs

Benefits for SCTE Member Veterans

Start A Career In Telecommunications

Industry Veterans Assistance Needed

SCTE is looking for SCTE members and military veterans currently employed in the industry to take part in focused networking resource groups. Participants will provide insight and advice to veterans looking to break into the cable industry.

If you are a military veteran interested in serving as a mentor or providing input to the SCTE Veterans Initiative program, please e-mail membership at

Sponsor a Vet Program

Do you know a military Veteran who would benefit from this program? Sponsor them through an SCTE membership and help them get a head start in their new career. To sign up a veteran for SCTE membership, please visit our Join page.

SCTE Certifications Exams are now approved for the G.I. Bill.* Click here to learn more

* SCTE Certifications Tests have been approved for Veteran Education under the provisions of Title 38, United States Code, Section 3689. 

Attention SCTE Members: Get Recognized for Your Military Service

As part of this program, SCTE would like to better understand the status of military service currently within its current membership. Please take a moment to update the demographics in your member profile in relation to your military status. Completing this form is optional; however, your participation will be beneficial as SCTE continues to grow its services and programs for military veterans and active members of the United States Armed Forces.

To update your military status, follow these 3 simple steps:

1. Log onto with your user name and password through the secure login link

2. On your member profile page, click "Update Your User Account Information" and then scroll down to the demographics section

3. Update your military status and then click "Update This Account" at the bottom of the screen

Thank you for your service to our country and your continued support of SCTE.

Update your status

SCTE Member Veteran Profile:

Tony Renfro

Deployment Engineer IV, Cox Communications Inc

SCTE Chapter: Chattahoochee Chapter

Military Rank: E-4

Military Branch: US Navy

Years of Service: 6 (3 Active & 3 Active Reserve)

Describe your military service?

US Navy, 1980–1986, Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class (active and active reserve); Member Multinational Peace Keeping Force Beirut 1983; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Navy Commendation Medal; Served on the USS Mahan DDG-42; Home port—Charleston South Carolina.

What were your most memorable experiences from your service?

Extending my family to include past, present and future brothers and sisters who serve and defend this great country with dignity and honor.

How did you start your career in the telecommunications industry?

I began my career in 1983 with Telecable as an installer in Cleveland, Tennessee in a system that grew from 12 channels in 220 Mhz to over 60 channels in 750 MHz. I was able to move up through the chain until reaching my goal of Technical Operations Manager.

How has your military experience and SCTE membership help you succeed in this field?

My military experience provided training and leadership, to be accountable and assume responsibility for my actions, in short to be part of a team. The SCTE has provided a path and brotherhood across the Cable Television Industry.

Do you have any advice for Veterans interested in starting a new career in this industry?

In a word, education—build on what the Military has provided and continue to educate yourself, as learning is a lifetime experience. Do not fear new challenges but rather embrace them as the military and SCTE have provided a path for success.