Workforce Training

Design day Scholarships for Optics, Photonics, and Imaging Continuing Education Classes

We offer scholarships for a series of short courses in optics, photonics, and imaging (OPI). Courses have been offered at the University of Rochester and RIT and in this final year of funding there is one course being offered in summer 2016 at RIT. The scholarships are being made available through a grant from the Employee and Training Administration (ETA) in the US Department of Labor. Funding for these scholarships is in its final year. The ETA grant is part of a multi-agency grant program that promotes advanced manufacturing jobs creation in regions having strong industrial clusters. The Rochester program is the called the Rochester Regional Optics, Photonics, and Imaging Accelerator, or RRPA for short.

Please check back shortly for more information about Summer 2016 courses.

Who Takes Our Courses?

  • Displaced workers who would like to work in one of the OPI industries
  • People working outside of the OPI industries that want to transition in
  • People who currently work in an OPI industry and are interested in furthering their career

Benefits of Continuing Education in OPI

  • Specialized skills in growing industries
  • Opportunity to professionally develop with leading minds in the field
  • Certificate of completion

Courses Eligible for Scholarships

University of Rochester (UR)

We offer scholarships for the following classes at the Institute of Optics Summer School at the University of Rochester. Scholarships for these courses ended last summer (2015).

Optical Thin Film Coating Technology, Modern Optical Engineering (with labs), Opto-Mechanical Analysis (with labs), Lasers and Optoelectronics (with labs), Optical System Design I & II (with labs)

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

Download the short application form and complete both pages. Submit only one scholarship per applicant. Please email the completed form to Margaret Urzetta, margaret.urzetta@rochester.edu.

Additional Training Opportunities

The 5% Pledge Program has been receiving ETA support from RRPA since April 2015.  This is a promising new on-the-job training program being developed by the Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturers’ Enterprise (FAME – part of the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board) in collaboration with Monroe Community College. There is a separate application process for the 5% Pledge Program - please contact Joseph C. Davis for information.

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