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OP-TEC Newsletter – October 2017

Congratulations to three OPCN colleges that received NSF/ATE projects in 2017: Baker College, MI Advancing Photonics and Laser Technician Education in Michigan Monroe CC, NY Optics & Photonics INnovation (OPT IN) Westchester CC, MA Photonics and Laser Project Click the

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OP-TEC Newsletter – September 2017

Classes for photonics technician students are underway; a new year has begun at our OPCN colleges. The articles in this issue about Guadalupe Esparza and Justin Jenson encourage all of us who are involved in educating photonics technicians. These examples

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OP-TEC Newsletter – August 2017

Useful applications of lasers and optics are rapidly emerging and promise to make profound impact in the fields of IT, manufacturing, biomedical equipment, defense and others. In this month’s issue we feature an article on “The Future of Wireless,” which

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OP-TEC Newsletter – July 2017

OP-TEC, LASER-TEC, MPEC and the Western Photonics Cluster will be hosting OPCN members next week at the annual HI-TEC Conference in Salt Lake City. This will be an enjoyable and useful time to work together, learn from each other and

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OP-TEC Newsletter – June 2017

In just six short weeks many of us will be attending the HI-TEC Conference in Salt Lake City! This year’s conference is loaded with many interesting and useful presentations on a variety of cutting edge topics. In this issue of

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OP-TEC Newsletter – May 2017

This issue of the OPEN newsletter highlights useful events created by LASER-TEC and MPEC, as well as several OP-TEC resources, including the Photonics Systems Technician Curriculum Guide, two recently-developed monographs and an introduction to a one-credit course for new and

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OP-TEC Newsletter – April 2017

With the Winter/Spring term rapidly coming to an end, most faculty are busy completing their course deliveries, recruiting new students and helping grads find jobs. It’s hard to reserve the time to plan new initiatives, examine current practices and plan

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OP-TEC Newsletter – March 2017

Helping Your Graduates Find their Jobs Most photonics students who will complete their education this year have begun looking for that Ideal Job; the ultimate reward for their diligent efforts as students. Some ways faculty are helping them in the

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OP-TEC Webinar: Using Current Students as Recruiters

OP-TEC Webinar: Using Current Students as Recruiters OP-TEC recently held a webinar discussing ways to use current students as recruiters to increase the enrollment into optics, photonics, and related STEM programs. You can watch the full video recording of the

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OP-TEC Newsletter – February 2017

For over ten years, OP-TEC has forged a partnership with two-year colleges that teach lasers and optics technicians. Our mission is to increase the supply of well-educated photonics technicians by building and strengthening the capacity and quality of photonics education

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