Optics and Photonics

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Photonics is the practical application of lasers, optics and electronics. Photonics is everywhere, including precision laser machining, medical device fabrication fiber-optic communications, 3D sensing, aerospace and defense, homeland security, consumer electronics, cancer research, high-speed computing, additive manufacturing, and much more!

Graduates work in local and national companies that manufactural lasers and laser systems, fiber optics, complex optical systems, or use lasers and optics in the precision manufacturing of other consumer or defense-related products. Graduates may also work in research and development or continue their studies to the four-year college level.

The Optics and Photonics Program

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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2.5 Million for New Advanced Manufacturing Center

The grant will be utilized for the installation of a state-of-the-art education and training facility for students, teachers, and faculty from WNE, Springfield Technical Community College (STCC), and other Massachusetts institutions seeking training in optics and photonics technology.
STCC students land internships at MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Two Springfield Technical Community College students this summer are working as interns at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Defense research and development center in Lexington. MIT Lincoln Laboratory selected Douglas Bednarczyk, of West Springfield, and Shane Richardson, of Hebron, Conn., students from the Optics and Photonics Technology program at STCC. They will intern at the Lexington facility through August.
STCC graduate oversees construction work on nuclear submarine

Tanner Glantz, who is responsible for overseeing the construction of a nuclear-powered attack submarine, credits his degree from STCC with getting his foot in the door at Electric Boat in Groton, Conn.
Optics and Photonics on Photonics Media

Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) offers a one-year Optics and Photonics Technology certificate and a two-year Optics and Photonics Technology Associate of Science degree.
STCC steers student toward internship at MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Growing up in south Texas, Gerald Gagnon never dreamed he’d be working in a premier research laboratory affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. But this summer, a week after receiving his certificate in Optics and Photonics Technology from Springfield Technical Community College, Gagnon started working as an intern at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, a Department of Defense research and development lab in Lexington.