Laser Technology at Irvine Valley College
The IVC Laser Technology program educates students on cutting-edge applications of lasers, cameras, lenses, mirrors, sensors, displays, fiber optics, and other technical devices that interact with light. We teach using examples from a variety of fields such as medicine, defense, aerospace, telecommunications, entertainment, and more.
The current program is funded, in part, by a National Science Foundation Advanced Technology Education (NSF ATE) Grant (Grant No. NSF/DUE0603275), for which Laser Technology instructors lead hands-on, laboratory-driven classes with state-of-the-art industrial equipment that was largely donated by its strong network of industrial partners. Instructors work with the local business and education community to provide shop-floor demonstrations to enrolled students and to increase public awareness of the diverse opportunities in the field of photonics. In addition to laboratory skills, students are also offered individual career advice on topics such as résumé editing, presentation skills, and professional social network profile building.
Laser Technology courses developed and taught at IVC are based, in part, on the photonics curricula written by industry professionals and published by OP-TEC, the National Center for Optics and Photonics Education. Beginning in 2017, these courses are taught at the new IVC Integrated Design, Engineering and Automation (IDEA) campus at ATEP, a novel center for innovative career education.