Southern California offers numerous opportunities for professional development at all levels from the experienced professional to those who are new to the optics and photonics community. The OSSC maintains a close relationship with the Optical Engineering program at UC Irvine Extension and the Photonics Technology Program at Irvine Valley College. Many OSSC members are among the students, organizers and instructors.
UC Irvine Optical Engineering
These courses are part of the Certificate Programs in:
OSSC Members receive a 15% discount
on courses Required for a Certificate.
(Discount does NOT apply to Electives and Prerequisite Courses.)
Irvine Valley College (IVC)
is now in its second year of a National Science Foundation (NSF)
grant, a three-year Advanced Technological Education (ATE) award to fund the IVC
Photonics Initiative. The primary focus of the Initiative is on preparing students for employment in photonics, a rapidly growing field that covers the science and engineering of devices that interact with light. In addition, instructors will work with the local business and education community, providing on-site demonstrations to increase awareness of the diverse opportunities in the field of photonics. New courses developed and taught at IVC are based on the industry-guided photonics curricula written by OP-TEC
, the National Center for Optics and Photonics Education
Towards Silicon Photonics Packaging Automation