Photonics Training Program Gathers Steam

Despite the shortage of photonics technicians, only two New England community colleges were offering photonics technology degrees at the associate level in August 2000, the year the New England Board of Higher Education received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a program aimed at increasing the number of schools offering photonics training. Given the rapid growth of the local photonics industry and the shortage of qualified workers, the NSF grant, made under the auspices of the Advanced Technology Education program, was particularly timely.

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