The National Center for Optics and Photonics Education, OP-TEC, is a consortium of two-year colleges, high schools, universities, national laboratories, industry partners, and professional societies funded by the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program. The participating entities of OP-TEC have joined forces to create secondary-to-postsecondary as well as returning adult “pipelines” of highly qualified and strongly motivated students and to empower two-year colleges to prepare technicians in optics and photonics.
Headquartered in Waco, OP-TEC serves secondary STEM programs and postsecondary programs devoted to lasers, optics, and photonics technology or technologies enabled by optics and photonics. In addition, OP-TEC provides curriculum, instructional materials, workforce needs assessments, faculty development, student recruitment strategies/tools, and support for institutional reform. OP-TEC serves as a national clearinghouse for teaching materials; encourages more schools and colleges to offer programs, courses, and career information; and helps high school teachers and community/technical college faculty members develop programs and labs to teach optics and photonics technology.
- Information about Photonics Technology and Technician Careers
- Technician Assistance in Program Feasibility and Planning
- Technical Assistance in Curriculum Design and Development
- Technical Assistance in Designing Laboratories
- Faculty Development and Training
- Laser Optics and Photonics Series
- Photonics Enabled Technology Modules
- Precision Optics Series
- Laser Electro-Optics Technology
- Math Supplements
- Teaching Resources
- Skill Standards