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Danforth to Offer Free Cleanroom Training

August 1, 2016

Danforth – Victor
930 Old Dutch Rd
Victor, NY 14564

Rochester – August 17

  • 7:30am – Registration/Breakfast
  • 8am – 12pm – Seminar/Lunch
  • 1pm – 2pm – High Purity Fab Facility Tour

Registration:
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By phone: (716) 832-1940 
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East High School Summer Optics Manufacturing Immersion Concludes

August 1, 2016

… but we have a feeling that some careers are beginning!

  • Nine students in East High’s Precision Optics Fabrication Program worked for 60 hours over 3 weeks making precision optical lenses.
  • The students generated, loose abrasively ground, and polished microscope objectives and lenses for eyepieces and well as other components.
  • Each student measured final parts on a Zygo GPI interferometer, made adjustments to the polishing stroke, and made a final measurement. The minimum specification was ½ wave. The top three final parts were 1/10th wave, 1/7th wave, and 1/6th wave.
  • Students honed their fabrication skills generating, grinding, and polishing blocks of other lenses.
  • Students went on tours of Corning Tropel and QED.
  • When the students come back in the fall, they will continue their work on the alignment of the lenses and assembly into telescope housings.
East-High-Team

Teachers Paul Conrow and Paul Eckert with students on payday. East High students are Jean Carlos Alomar, Alejandra Cedeno, Jonathon Gonzalez, Jemiya Manor, Rishad Ragland, Demier Ramos Hill, Tijanna Stephens, Starr Holmes

A Manufacturer’s Commitment to a Strong Future Workforce #fivepercentpledge

June 24, 2016

You don’t have to simply hope that there will be a skilled workforce available when your workforce begins to retire.  You can actually do something about it now.

Sign the 5% Pledge and pay it forward.  For every 20 employees in your organization hire one temporary intern, co-op, high school student or long-term unemployed individual this summer.  It is a simple idea that will have a valuable pay off in your company’s future.  It has worked for your colleagues and it can work for you.The 5% Pledge

Sign the 5% Pledge

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Successful Optics & Photonics Careers Can Start with a Two Year Degree

June 23, 2016

Has the decades-long march to college-for-everyone-at-18 actually closed off options for teenagers and 20-somethings, rather than opened up opportunities?

We all know teen-aged kids with potential that seem to “underperform” when pursuing a four-year degree.  We also know college grads saddled with debt, who can’t find jobs in their chosen fields.

Maybe a technical certificate that can get you earning or a two-year degree in Optics & Photonics are smart investments.  Monroe Community College offers both in an “in-demand” job market.

Three years ago, the Corning Incorporated Foundation invested $500,000 into improving the MCC program, matched with another $250,000 from Sydor Optics.  Why do you think that is?  The MCC program is the only program of its kind in the nation, and both companies, as other companies do, hire graduates of the program.

The same is true for so many technical and vocational programs offered in the region and across the country.  Why then do some parents continue to spend more for their children to attend four-year colleges than they do on their house?  Is it really nothing more than a gamble?

Nearly 40 percent of American workers hold a bachelor’s degree. College graduates are found in virtually every profession: 15 percent of mail carriers have a four-year degree, as do one in five clerical and sales workers and 83,000 bartenders.

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JP Morgan Chase Teams with MCC to Fill Middle-Skills Gap

June 12, 2015

Grant aims to grow the pipeline of middle skills workers.

June 12, 2015 – The Monroe Community College Foundation has been awarded a $320,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase to create a middle-skill bridge program and expand accelerated certificate programs at Monroe Community College.

The grant is part of a larger, $1 million JPMorgan Chase investment to support advanced manufacturing training programs in four upstate New York regions—Albany, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse. The grant is associated with the firm’s New Skills at Work initiative, a $250 million commitment to address skill gaps in communitie

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54th Annual Optics Summer Short Course Series

May 12, 2015

June 1 – June 12, 2015

The Institute of Optics will offer its 54th annual Summer School short-course series next month. This year’s offering will be a mix of a one-week course and two-and-a-half-day courses.

RRPA Grants Available

Full scholarships for our Summer School courses are available through a grant from the US Employee and Training Administration, Department of Labor.  The Rochester Regional Optics, Photonics , and Imaging Cluster Accelerator (RRPA). It provides scholarships to displaced workers who are looking to enter the Optics, Photonics, or Imaging industries and to incumbent workers in any of these fields who are looking to advance their careers.  Priority will be given to displaced and disadvantaged workers and veterans, but all qualified attendees are encouraged to apply.  The scholarships are limited to US citizens.ontact  

Contact Gayle Thompson (gayle@optics.rochester.edu) to apply. 

The Institute of Optics Summer Short Courses

Hitachi Foundation Recognizes Optimax

April 2, 2015

Optimax Systems, based in Rochester, grew from a struggling startup to what CEO Rick Plympton claims is largest optics manufacturer in the United States. Optimax achieves operational excellence by investing in cutting-edge technology, advancing its people, and sharing 25% of monthly profits with employees. Learn more from The Hitachi Foundation’s Good Work Blog: http://bit.ly/1EADgdu