HI-TEC Appreciation Award presented to Dan Hull or Significant Contributions to Technician Education in the United States

HI-TEC Appreciation Award Presented to Dan Hull for Significant Contributions to Technician Education in the United States WACO, Texas (August 21, 2013) – A HI-TEC Appreciation Award was recently presented to Daniel M. Hull for significant contributions to technician education

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Baker College of Flint Powers Up New Photonics and Laser Program

BAKER COLLEGE OF FLINT TO USE NSF GRANT TO FAST-FORWARD NEW PHOTONICS & LASER PROGRAM Michigan companies eagerly await graduates   FLINT, Mich.(August 9, 2013) —Baker College of Flint has received nearly $200,000 in a grant from the National Science

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OP-TEC Receives NSF Funding to Continue Photonics Technician Education

OP-TEC Receives NSF Funding to Continue Photonics Technician Education WACO, Texas (August 12, 2013) – The National Center for Optics and Photonics Education (OP-TEC) has received renewed funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) that will continue operation of the

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IRSC to Establish Laser and Fiber Optics Education Center for Southeast U.S.

IRSC TO ESTABLISH LASERS AND FIBER OPTICS EDUCATION CENTER FOR SOUTHEAST U.S. Program funded by prestigious $2.9 million national grant FORT PIERCE, FL (July 30, 2013) – The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced the award of a prestigious $2.9

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OP-TEC Releases White Paper on Entering Students Survey: Reasons for Enrolling in Optics and Photonics Technology Programs

Entering Students Survey: Reasons for Enrolling in Optics and Photonics Technology Programs As part of OP-TEC partner colleges’ efforts to improve recruiting strategies, it has become important to understand the success of current recruiting strategies. New enrollees in Fall 2012

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OP-TEC conducted a National Optics and Photonics Education Workshop at University of Central Florida Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers

OP-TEC Workshop on Optics and Photonics Education Purpose of the Workshop: To inform participants about career opportunities and the growing need for optics and photonics technicians and the secondary and postsecondary programs options to prepare them. To explain the opportunities

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OP-TEC Releases Skill Standards for Precision Optics Technicians

The National Precision Optics Skill Standards for Technicians represent the consensus of a broad cross-section of U.S. employers regarding the technical and workplace skills required of precision optics technicians. They are designed to give educators and employer advisory committees a

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Partner College Coordinators Conducted Employer Focus Groups at SPIE Photonics West Conference

OP-TEC partner college coordinators, Chrys Panayiotou (Indian River State College) and Greg Kepner (Indian Hills Community College) conducted two employer focus groups at the SPIE Photonics West Conference in San Francisco, CA 

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Dan Hull presented Career Pathways for STEM Technicians at the Houston Community College Education Forum in Houston, TX

Career Pathways for STEM Technicians Written and Compiled by Dan Hull About the Book: Career Pathways for STEM Technicians is a new book offering a practical solution to America’s technician shortage in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

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OP-TEC Exhibited and Hosted Discussion at PI Conference

OP-TEC exhibited and hosted an informal discussion on emerging technologies for principal investigators at the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Principal Investigator’s Conference in Washington, DC 

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OP-TEC: The National Center for Optics and Photonics Education
316 Kelly Drive, Waco, Texas, 76710
Phone: 254-751-9000 Email: op-tec@op-tec.org

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Midwest Photonics Education Center

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

Laser and Fiber Optics Regional Education Center

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

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
Specialization: Photonics in Opto-Electronics / Nano-Technology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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