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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OP-TEC Presents at 2016 NCPN Conference

OP-TEC presented and exhibited at the NCPN conference in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 7, 2016. Taylor Jeffrey, curriculum development engineer, delivered a session entitled “College Recruitment of Students for Technician Education” and took part in a joint exhibit sponsored by

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Midwest Photonics Education Center

Indian Hills Community College
626 Indian Hills Drive
Ottumwa, Iowa 52501
Mr. Greg Kepner
Director
Office: 641-683-5284
E-mail: greg.kepner@indianhills.edu
Website: http://www.midwestphotonics.org
Specialization: Photonics in Manufacturing

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Laser and Fiber Optics Regional Education Center

Indian River State College
3209 Virginia Avenue
Fort Pierce, FL 34981
Dr. Chrys Panayiotou
Director
Office: 772-462-7621
E-mail: cpanayio@irsc.edu
Website: http://www.laser-tec.org
Specialization: Fiber Optics

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Texas State Technical College

3801 Campus Drive
Waco, Texas 76705
Mr. John O. Pedrotti
Department Chair, Lasers & Nanotechnology
Office: 254-867-3173
E-mail: john.pedrotti@tstc.edu
Website:http://www.tstc.edu/programs/LaserElectroOpticsTechnology
Specialization: Photonics in Opto-Electronics / Nano-Technology

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Irvine Valley College / Advanced Technology and Education Park (IVC / ATEP)

15445 Lansdowne Road
Tustin, California 92782
Brian Monacelli
Office: 949-282-2706
E-mail: IVCphotonics@IVC.edu
Website: http://academics.ivc.edu/physci/photonics
Specialization: Photonics in Education/Training for Employed Technicians

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Camden County College

200 College Drive
Blackwood, New Jersey 08012
Dr. Fred Seeber
Professor Emeritus, Physics and Photonics
Office: 856-227-7200 (ext. 4475)
E-mail: fseeber@camdencc.edu
Website:http://www.camdencc.edu/academics/departments/photonics-laser-electro-optic-tech/

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New York Photonics

Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster
Thomas Battley, Executive Director
1565 Jefferson Rd, #420
Rochester, New York 14623
Phone: 585-329-4029
E-mail: tbattley@newyorkphotonics.org
Website – New York Photonics: www.newyorkphotonics.org

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New Mexico Optics Industry Association

Jim McNalley, Chairman
851 University Blvd., SE
Suite 203
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106
Phone: 505-767-1200
E-mail: info@nmoia.org
Website: www.nmoptics.com

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Florida Photonics Cluster

Florida Photonics Cluster
James E. Pearson, Executive Director
12424 Research Parkway, Ste. 100
Orlando, Florida 32826
E-mail: jpearson@creol.ucf.edu
Website: www.floridaphotonicscluster.org

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Colorado Photonics Industry Association

Garry Gorsuch, Director
5733 Central Ave.
Boulder, Colorado 80301
Phone: 303-834-1022
E-mail: exec@coloradophotonics.org
Website: www.coloradophotonics.org

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Carolinas Photonics Consortium

Jeff Conley, Director
1754 Woodruff Rd., Ste. 101
Greenville, South Carolina 29607
Phone: 864-325-4700
E-mail: jcon@charter.net
Website: www.carolinasphotonics.com

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Optics Valley

c/o Arizona Technology Council
John Dennis, Chair
9070 South Rita Road, #1550
Tucson, AZ 85747
E-mail: Chair@OpticsValleyAZ.org
Website: www.OpticsValleyAZ.org

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Indian Hills Community College

626 Indian Hills Drive
Ottumwa, Iowa 52501
Mr. Greg Kepner
Department Chair, Industrial Technology
Office: 641-683-5284
E-mail: gkepner@indianhills.edu
Website: http://www.indianhills.edu/courses/tech/laser.html
Specialization: Photonics in Manufacturing

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