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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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OP-TEC Newsletter – January 2017

Happy New Year 2017! I am pleased to introduce the inaugural issue of Optics and Photonics Education News (OPEN). This publication will provide photonics education news and resources for educators, students, graduates, and employers involved with college photonics programs supported

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2016 HI-TEC Report

More than 35 educators from 23 colleges attended the annual Optics and Photonics College Network (OPCN) meetings and industry site visits during the High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC) in Pittsburgh, July 28-30, 2016.  On Tuesday morning, 40 members of

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OP-TEC Webinar: Enhancements to Laser Systems & Applications (Course 2), 2nd Edition Textbook

This webinar explains 2nd edition enhancements, features, and instructor materials available for Laser Systems and Applications, the student text for a two-semester, hands-on course to support curriculum for educating and training photonics systems technicians.

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Board of Laser Safety Announces Launch of New Website

The Board of Laser Safety (BLS) launched its new website today at www.lasersafety.org. The new website provides a user-friendly platform that offers many convenient features, including: Easy-to-read news feed that allows timely releases of critical laser safety information. Powerful cloud-based

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OP-TEC Webinar: Educating Technicians for Integrated Photonics Manufacturing

Integrated Photonics (IP) is a rapidly emerging field that is revolutionizing digital electronics and placing the U.S. in a lead position for the manufacture of Photonics Integrated Circuits (PICs). OP-TEC is working with the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM) to create educational programs for technicians who work in IP. This webinar describes OP-TEC’s accomplishments in developing skill standards, curriculum models and IP course development.

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Third Annual Community College Innovation Challenge Presented by NSF and AACC

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) are proud to open the third annual Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC). The CCIC is a contest for students to tackle real-world scientific challenges. This year the

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OP-TEC Shines Light on Laser Optics and Photonics Careers for Middle and High School Students

OP-TEC hosted an optics and photonics technology awareness exhibit at the City of Waco’s STEAM Day, October 11, 2016. STEAM Day promotes Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture and Math education and careers to Waco area students. The annual event was created

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