Alexis Vogt of MCC working with HS teachers getting young people into the optics and photonics field

Getting young people into the optics and photonics field is vital to the fast growing industry.

On June 19th, Alexis Vogt, PhD, Endowed Chair & Associate Professor of Optics at Monroe Community College, worked with local Physics teachers on their high school optics and photonics recruitment and curriculum strategies. The day included a visit to the Laboratory for Laser Energetics.

The number of students completing the programs at MCC and the UR is far below the demand just in the Rochester and Finger Lakes region alone.

The following schools are participating:

East High SchoolEastridge High SchoolEdison Career and Technology High SchoolGates Chili Central School DistrictGreece Olympia High SchoolHilton High SchoolPenfield Central School Districtl, Rochester City School DistrictRush–Henrietta Senior High SchoolWebster Schroeder High SchoolWebster Thomas High SchoolWest Irondequoit CSD, and Young Women’s College Prep Charter School of Rochester (YWCP).

The high school programs are a pipeline for various programs offered at MCC and the University of Rochester:

– Optical Systems Technology A.A.S. (Associate of Applied Science).
– Optical Systems Technology Certificate Program.
– 2+2 Bachelor of Science in Optics, Partnering with University of Rochester Institute of OpticsRochester Institute of Technology, and The University of Arizona

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