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Community colleges worldwide are educating and training the workforce of tomorrow in fields such as photonics, optics, lasers, and more. Below is a partial listing of schools.

Camden County College
Photonics Dept. 200 College Drive,
Blackwood, NJ 08012-0200
+1 856-227-7200
[email protected]
Degrees Offered: Associate

The school’s programs provide state-of-the-art training in laser/electro-optics and fiber optics technologies. These programs provide students with career opportunities in electro-optics, lasers, and telecommunications areas. The laser/electro-optic technology program offers technical theory, expert knowledge of different laser systems and safety regulations, and hands-on experience to prepare for careers in research, manufacturing, maintenance, troubleshooting, alignment, and testing of laser/optic equipment. The fiber optics program provides hands-on training and technical theory, covering aspects of optical waveguides, fiber optic sensors, accompanying measurement, and other equipment.

Central Carolina Community College
Engineering Dept.
1075 East Cornelius Harnett Blvd.
Lillington, NC 27546-7672
+1 910-814-8828
[email protected]
Degrees Offered: Associate

Central Carolina offers an associate degree in applied science, focusing on laser and photonics technology. This high-tech program includes instruction on understanding the application of electronic, fiber optic, photonic, and laser principles. An emphasis on hands-on learning prepares students for real-world projects and practical applications.

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology/Laser (EMETL)
Clifton Campus
3520 Central Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45223-2690
+1 513-569-1428
[email protected]
Degrees Offered: Associate

The EMETL program prepares students to successfully begin careers and advance professionally in local and national industries that utilize lasers and electro-optics systems. Students work with laser materials processing systems, and they operate and troubleshoot optical systems, such as lasers, lens systems, and fiber optics. Graduates can support industrial equipment in automated manufacturing and research environments, and they are also prepared to pursue a bachelor’s degree in electromechanical engineering or related fields.

College of Lake County
Laser/Photonics/Optics Program
19351 W. Washington St.
Grayslake, IL 60030
+1 847-543-2000
[email protected]
Degrees Offered: Certificate, Associate

This program offers an associate degree in applied science and three certificate options, all to prepare students for positions as photonics technicians installing and troubleshooting lasers, optical systems, fiber optic devices, telecommunications equipment, photonics manufacturing equipment, and simple control systems. Courses cover the fundamentals of light, lasers, photonics and laser applications, AC and DC circuits, electronic lab techniques, and technical math.

Idaho State University
Robotics and Communications Systems Engineering Technology
921 S. Eighth Ave.
Pocatello, ID 83209
+1 208-282-2622
[email protected]
Degrees Offered: Certificate, Associate

Students in robotics and communications systems engineering technology programs are educated and trained for careers as electronic systems technicians. Positions could include conducting research, making repairs, developing software, and testing semiconductors in industries such as lasers and optics, national defense, and telecommunications.

Indian Hills Community College
Advanced Technology Center
525 Grandview Ave.
Ottumwa, IA 52501
+1 641-683-5111
[email protected]
Degrees Offered: Associate

The laser and optics technology program features electronic technician courses and training, offering the skills necessary to begin a career in the lasers field. Students spend nearly half of their time in the lab, working with industrial laser systems. Upon graduating, they are prepared for careers in engineering support, technical sales, manufacturing, and maintenance.

Indian River State College
Electronics Engineering Technology
3209 Virginia Ave.
Fort Pierce, FL 34981
+1 772-462-7621
[email protected]
Degrees Offered: Certificate, Associate

The associate degree program in electronics engineering technology offers courses that focus on lasers, optics, fiber optics, robotics, automation, and basic electronics. A certificate program in lasers and photonics is aimed at working technicians who need to update their knowledge and skills in these areas. The school also offers a certificate program in solar energy for those who are interested in learning how to install solar thermal and solar photovoltaic systems.

Irvine Valley College
School of Physical Sciences and Technologies
Advanced Technology Education Park
15445 Lansdowne Road
Tustin, CA 92782
+1 949-451-5561
[email protected]
Degrees Offered: Associate

Coursework is based on the industry-guided photonics curricula written by the National Center for Optics and Photonics Education (OPTEC). Programs provide hands-on, laboratory-driven classes that utilize state-of-the-art industrial equipment. The school’s Photonics Initiative team is collaborating with regional companies that manufacture advanced photonics devices or use photonics in engineering applications, from laser surgery to homeland security. This initiative is designed to create a career path to employment via internships and industry-guided coursework.

Lake Washington Institute of Technology
Electronics Technology
Kirkland Campus
11605 132nd Ave. NE
Kirkland, WA 98034
+1 425-739-8343
[email protected]
Degrees Offered: Associate

The school offers programs in electronics technology through advanced electronics principles and applications. Graduates are able to utilize the skills learned in these programs to enter into the electronics manufacturing industry as assemblers, inspectors, managers, and testers, or into any high-tech industry.

Minnesota State College Southeast
Electronics Technology and Biomedical Equipment Technology
1250 Homer Road
Winona, MN 55987
+1 507-453-2700
Degrees Offered: Associate

The school offers programs in electronics technology that provide students with a broad spectrum of career opportunities. Instructors stay up to date in the electronics field, and current technology is implemented in the curriculum.

Monroe Community College
Optical Systems Technology
Brighton Campus
1000 E. Henrietta Road
Rochester, NY 14623
+1 585-292-2002
[email protected]
Degrees Offered: Associate

The optical systems technology associate degree provides a direct path to employment in the high-tech optics industry. The school offers this degree in collaboration with the Corning Inc. Foundation, which supports STEM education programs. In the program, students gain practical, hands-on experience with state-of-the-art optical systems currently used in the industry. Students receive the advanced training needed to move directly into the workforce as an optical systems technician.

Montana State University
Workforce Programs
100 Culbertson Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717
+1 406-994-2452
Degrees Offered: Associate

Students will learn the scientific principles of optics, fiber optics, and lasers. Technicians will be instructed on the processes and equipment incorporating these devices in electronic and electro-optics systems. This training will prepare students to become technicians who work on products or devices in manufacturing, communications, defense, homeland security, the medical field, information technology, energy, environmental monitoring, lighting, displays, and entertainment. Students will spend more than 40% of their time in the lab, training on a variety of industrial lasers and optical systems to prepare them for easy transition into the photonics workforce.

Niagara College
Photonics Engineering Technology
100 Niagara College Blvd.
Welland, Ontario (Canada) L3C 7L3
+1 905-735-2211
[email protected]
Degrees Offered: Certificate, Associate

The photonics engineering technology program offers dedicated photonics and microelectronics laboratories, and a teaching cleanroom facility. Students gain skills in lasers and optical, electro-optical, and vacuum technologies.

North Central State College
Integrated Engineering Technology
2441 Kenwood Circle
Mansfield, OH 44906
+1 419-755-4710
[email protected]
Degrees Offered: Certificate, Associate

The integrated engineering technology program readies students to diagnose and repair industrial equipment problems using proper technical assessment and core mechanical and electrical skills. The program provides students with a base knowledge in advanced skills, such as programmable logic controllers (PLCs), mechanical drive systems, hydraulic/pneumatic systems, electronics and digital applications, robotics, and process control.

Northwestern Michigan College
Engineering Technology
1701 E. Front St.
Traverse City, MI 49686
+1 231-995-1215
[email protected]
Degrees Offered: Associate

Northwestern Michigan College offers an engineering technology degree, which features a broad-based curriculum across all areas of technical education. This prepares graduates for emerging job markets and highly technical fields. The degree program is designed for students to focus on areas of interest or specialize in one of seven technical concentrations — automation and robotics, computers, electronics, marine, photonics, unmanned aerial systems, and unmanned ground vehicles.

Pima Community College
Engineering Dept.
West Campus
4905 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85709-1010
+1 520-206-2120
[email protected]
Degrees Offered: Associate

The engineering program offers an associate degree with an optical engineering concentration.

Puerto Rico Photonics Institute

Universidad Metropolitana School of Environmental Affairs
1399 Avenida Ana G. Méndez
San Juan, PR 00926-2602
+1 787-766-1717
[email protected]
Degrees Offered: Certificate, Associate

The Puerto Rico Photonics Institute prepares students for work in optics and lasers in industries of high demand, such as aerospace, medical devices, nanotechnology, manufacturing, communications, and biotechnology.

Quinsigamond Community College
Electronics Engineering Technology
670 West Boylston St.
Worcester, MA 01606
+1 508-854-4262
[email protected]
Degrees Offered: Certificate, Associate

The photonics option in electronics engineering technology prepares students for careers as photonics technicians and/or electronics technicians with photonics experience. These technicians build, test, troubleshoot, and maintain systems involving lasers, fiber optics, and other electro-optical components. Students can also build a foundation of knowledge that forms the basis for further study in electronics and photonics.

San Jose City College
Laser Technology Dept.
2100 Moorpark Ave.
San Jose, CA 95128-2799
+1 408-288-3798
[email protected]
Degrees Offered: Certificate, Associate

The laser technology program ensures that students learn what employers need. Open-entry courses are specifically designed to prepare students for an entry-level technician job. Laser technology certificate and associate degrees are offered.

Spokane Community College
Electronics Engineering
Technician Program
1810 N. Greene St.
Spokane, WA 99217-5399
+1 509-533-7133
[email protected]
Degrees Offered: Certificate, Associate

SCC offers an electronics engineering technician AAS degree, which includes photonics theory and lab classes based on curricula written by the National Center for Optics and Photonics Education (OPTEC). Other classes in the program focus on communications, fiber optics, the Internet of Things, microprocessors and digital signal processors, computer systems, and digital concepts. Graduates are prepared for careers with electronic equipment manufacturers, medical equipment manufacturers, service and repair companies, and hospitals. Classes are designed to provide the skills necessary to help engineers design and develop new electronic products, and evaluate, test, troubleshoot, and repair existing products.

Springfield Technical Community College
Optics and Photonics-LEOT
1 Armory Square
P.O. Box 9000
Springfield, MA 01102-9000
+1 413-755-4544
[email protected]
Degrees Offered: Certificate, Associate

STCC’s Laser Electro-Optics Technology (LEOT) program provides students with a solid working knowledge in a broad range of photonics areas, including laser systems, electronics, optics, electro-optics, and fiber optics. Classroom lectures are supplemented with hands-on laboratory experiences and real-world activities designed to develop and enhance students’ problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Graduates of this program work for a variety of companies involved in making lasers, integrating lasers into other products and systems, and conducting research and development on next-generation laser-based applications.

State Technical College of Missouri
Electronics Engineering Technology Dept.
One Technology Drive
Linn, MO 65051
+1 573-897-5227
[email protected]
Degrees Offered: Certificate, Associate

The electronics engineering technology program prepares graduates to fill diverse roles in building and maintaining electronic circuits. A broad curriculum that includes the principles of electricity, digital communications, and industrial electronics ensures graduates are equipped with the skills necessary for challenging entry-level positions in a variety of industries. Students have the opportunity to earn industry- recognized certifications from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Those who pursue the degree can also pursue a certificate in biomedical equipment technology.

Three Rivers Community College
Laser and Fiber Optic Technology
574 New London Turnpike
Norwich, CT 06360
+1 860-215-9000
[email protected]
Degrees Offered: Certificate, Associate

The school offers associate degree and certificate programs in laser and fiber optic technology. Students receive practical, hands-on training. Credit, noncredit, and online courses are available.

University of Hawaii
Maui College
Electronic & Computer
Engineering Technology (ECET)
310 W. Ka’ahumanu Ave.
Kahului, HI 96732
+1 808-984-3706
[email protected]
Degrees Offered: Certificate, Associate

Maui College’s ECET program prepares students for careers in such high-technology industries as electronics/electro-optics, renewable energy, telecom, and network system administration. Students can complete the associate degree in ECET in two years, or extend their time in the engineering technology program to earn a bachelor’s degree in applied science.

Valencia College
Electronics Engineering Technology Dept.
1800 South Kirkman Road
Orlando, FL 32811
+1 407-299-5000
[email protected]
Degrees Offered: Associate

The electronics engineering technology associate degree program prepares students for specialized careers in electronics. It transforms students into highly skilled technicians capable of assisting in the design, production, operation, and servicing of electronics, lasers and photonics, robotics and mechatronics, and telecommunications and wireless systems.

Waukesha County Technical College
Manufacturing Dept.
800 Main St.
Pewaukee, WI 53072
+1 262-691-5566
[email protected]
Degrees Offered: Certificate

Students in this program will develop skills in laser cutting technology with hands-on practice in CO2 industrial laser operation, blueprint reading, laser safety, and computer-assisted programming. This course is deal for production workers and machine operators interested in laser operation.

Published: July 2019
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