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About the Laser/Photonics/Optics Program

Light up your career!

Laser technology is a great field in which to participate. 
Bill Bonaccorsi
, Domino marketing director

The photonics certificate program at CLC involves three core laser classes.
Bill Kellerhals, CLC Instructor/Domino laser support manager

We talk about the fundamentals of light, how light is created, how light is controlled. 
Steve Dulmes, Laser/Photonics/Optics program chairman

It’s a very rapidly growing industry. It’s very exciting. If you have hands-on skills, if you have a technical bent to what you like to do… 
John Souders, Ph.D., OP-TEC director of curriculum

I chose this changing career path because it was exciting and challenging. Even before finishing all the modules, I was able to obtain a job. 
Chris Gehring, CLC student

With the demand that’s out there, it’s a guaranteed job offer when they finish up. Salaries for these graduates out of A.A.S. programs are running somewhere between $40 and $50,000 a year. 
John Souders, Ph.D., OP-TEC director of curriculum

At Domino, we are always looking for highly skilled laser technicians. And we know from our experience with CLC that they’re producing that caliber of student. 
Jon Hall, Domino laser business manager

We’re the only college nearby that offers this program. 
Mike Dolson, CLC student

Lasers are being more and more integrated into every aspect of our life. 
Bill Kellerhals, CLC Instructor/Domino laser support manager

Electronics are becoming more capable, high performance and smaller. 
John Souders, Ph.D., OP-TEC director of curriculum

Lasers are used in manufacturing to produce products that help people every single every day. Laser surgery, Lasik surgery, entertainment at systems for venues such as the United Center where laser light shows are produced. 
Steve Dulmes, Laser/Photonics/Optics program chairman

The sophisticated weapons platforms that are being used now use electro optics. 
Jon Hall, Domino laser business manager

Hands-on work in the lab, where you’ll be using professional grade optics. 
Steve Dulmes, Laser/Photonics/Optics program chairman

Hands-on experiences you get here and the flexibility of being able to do it while working during the day. 
Chris Gehring, CLC student

The students are taught by people that have experience in the field. 
Bill Kellerhals, CLC Instructor/Domino laser support manager

It’s great when you can get that one-on-one attention from the professor. 
Mike Dolson, CLC student

Students starting the program right now can finish within a year. 
Steve Dulmes, Laser/Photonics/Optics program chairman

With the certificate program in your back pocket they can hit the ground running. 
Bill Kellerhals, CLC Instructor/Domino laser support manager

It’s a high-tech field that’s constantly changing and exciting.
Bill Bonaccorsi, Domino marketing director

It’s a field that’s actually improving the quality of life. 
Jon Hall, Domino laser business manager

There’s just the challenge of doing something that no one’s ever done before. 
Chris Gehring, CLC student

It is truly the technology of today and it is certainly going to be the technology of the future.
John Souders, Ph.D., OP-TEC director of curriculum


This video was produced by Shaw Video, Inc. in January 2012. Special thanks to Domino in Gurnee, Illinois, for serving as a location for parts of the video. Thanks also to Dr. John Souders of OP-TEC for participating and for providing video footage.