World-Class Technicians in emerging and rapidly changing fields such as Photonics require interdisciplinary technical skills, a strong, practical academic/technical core, highly interactive people skills, and the ability to think critically and solve open-ended problems. An improved curriculum and delivery system is required that spans both secondary and post-secondary experiences, along with employer-provided internships. A strong, useful math/science foundation must be provided using contextual teaching and learning strategies. A Photonics Technician education program will be presented that demonstrates the new curriculum model described above. The Photonics Technician Program has been recently designed and developed in the USA under an NSF grant. It is being tested in community and technical colleges. The technical aspects of the program are based on a Laser/Electro-Optics Technology curriculum, developed by CORD, that has been successfully used by twenty-five colleges as well as hundreds of businesses in the USA over the last twenty-five years.
Daniel M. Hull,
"Technician education and training: a plan for systemic change", Proc. SPIE 4588, Seventh International Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics, (28 May 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.468683; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.468683