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Photonics workforce education and development in Puerto Rico
Author(s): J. S. Friedman; A. Diaz; E. Trujillo; R. Saltares; L. Floran; R. Gordillo

Paper Abstract

At the Puerto Rico Photonics Institute we have responded to the need of a workforce competitively prepared for entry into the fields of lasers and photonics by creating a 1-year Photonics and Lasers Technical certificate, supported under a grant from the US Department of Labor. The project, entitled New Horizons: Puerto Rico Lasers and Photonics Career Pathways offers displaced workers, veterans, and others in Puerto Rico an opportunity to develop new and highly marketable skills for the 21st century. We give a roadmap of plans and pitfalls, and share our successes, challenges, solutions, and future expectations for those planning similar programs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 September 2016
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9946, Optics Education and Outreach IV, 99460K (27 September 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2238083
Show Author Affiliations
J. S. Friedman, Univ. Metropolitana (United States)
A. Diaz, Univ. Metropolitana (United States)
E. Trujillo, Univ. Metropolitana (United States)
R. Saltares, Univ. Metropolitana (United States)
L. Floran, Univ. Metropolitana (United States)
R. Gordillo, Univ. Metropolitana (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9946:
Optics Education and Outreach IV
G. Groot Gregory, Editor(s)

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