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Laser and Fiber Optics Regional Center


The LASER-TEC Resource Center supports efforts to increase the lasers, optics, photonics, and fiber optics (LOPFO) technical workforce. The Resource Center will update and maintain educational services and materials and provide open access these resources to secondary, post-secondary, and industry educational and training programs. Project aims include: 1) developing a comprehensive, high-performing, and responsive website that will house and distribute all LOPFO educational products funded by the National Science Foundation and other US government agencies; 2) updating technical content and high-impact pedagogical strategies to improve all curricular materials; 3) creating tailored content and conducting professional development events for teachers, college instructors, counselors, advisors, administrators, incumbent industry members, and other communities to discuss best practices and increase their technical knowledge; 4) conducting outreach to inform K-12 and college educators about the availability of LOPFO resources; and 5) supporting efforts to build or enhance bridges between industries that need LOPFO technicians and colleges that offer LOPFO programs. 

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Award Number 1304628, 1700352, 2000166
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ATE Start Date 2013-09-01
ATE Expiration Date 2023-08-31
ATE Principal Investigator Chrys Panayiotou
Primary Institution Indian River Community College
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