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Skill standards and curricula for photonics technicians
Author(s): Dan Hull

Paper Abstract

Under funding from NSF's ATE program, the national nonprofit R&D organization CORD recently developed and published the second edition of The National Photonics Skill Standards for Technicians (NPSST), which provides an employer-driven specification for the development of photonics education programs and supporting instructional materials, particularly at the two-year postsecondary level. This paper explains the need for NPSST and overviews its main components - specifications for what photonics technicians should know and be able to do in six broad photonics specialty areas, secondary and postsecondary curriculum outlines, a sample 4+2 photonics technology course sequence, and foundational knowledge components for two-year photonics technician programs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 October 2003
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9663, Eighth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics, 966316 (6 October 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.2207490
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Dan Hull, CORD (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9663:
Eighth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics
Barry L. Shoop; Grover Swartzlander, Editor(s)

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