Following a severe drop in enrollment, one high school's photonics program was in jeopardy of being eliminated.
Instead, the program was rejuvenated and expanded and now meets the needs of more students than ever. In this paper,
we describe how various resources were combined to improve methods of instruction (specifically, through problembased
learning, or PBL), enhance classroom/real-world integration, and solidify the role this program plays within the
school's larger science and technology curriculum (recently revised to meet new state guidelines). Instructor
participation in the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) PHOTON projects, funded by the National
Science Foundation, was key.