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Laser-Photonics-Optics

Laser/Photonics/Optics

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About the Program

This program offers an Associate in Applied Science degree and three certificate options 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.

Programs

Degrees & Certificates

  • Optics and Photonics Technology A.A.S.
  • Laser/Photonics/Optics Certificate
  • Applied Lasers Certificate
  • Biophotonics Certificate
Learn more about the program options.

Why Choose CLC?

Why Choose This Program and CLC?

The Lasers, Photonoics and Optics field has enormous growth potential because laaers are used everywhere today, from marking prescription drug bottles to manufacturing aircraft. CLC is the only community college in the Chicago area to offer an Associate in Applied Science degree and certificates in this leading-edge field.

The college has several years experience in offering strong career preparation in the field. It first introduced a certificate in the field in 2009. and introduced the degree program in Fall 2014 based on employer feedback. "An associate degree shows an employer that an applicant has a well-rounded education and commitment to the field," said Professor SteveDulmes, program chair.

The college continually invests in updating equipment. Recent acquisitions are a fiber optic laser and computer-controlled adaptive optics technology.

According to the National Center for Optics and Photonics Education (OP-TEC), college programs in the field are expected to produce only enough graduates to meet one-third of the projected demand for new photonics technicians through 2017.

Local demand also is projected to be high."There are several employers in the area that want approximately 100 people per year and the next closest school offering a photonics program is in Iowa," Dulmes said.

Laser/Photonics/Optics