Friday, July 10, 2009

Northrop creates photonics training program at Wekiva High

Take a look at the Orlando Business Journal article on the Photonics Academy that is resulting from FPC member Northrop Grumman Laser Systems work with Valencia Community College and Orange County Public Schools. This program should be a real asset to the Florida photonics community, helping to increase the local supply of technicians and bring more students into the field early in their educational studies.

Northrop Grumman Laser Systems — tired of spending money to recruit out-of-state photonics technicians — is creating a home-grown training program. It’s a move that may benefit up to 150 other local companies.

The Apopka branch of the Reston, Va.-based firm, along with Valencia Community College and Orange County Public Schools, will launch the program in August at Wekiva High School. The goal is to fill the 20 to 40 photonics technician jobs created in Central Florida annually.
About 150 area companies employ a total of 170 photonics technicians, said Jim Pearson, executive director of the Florida Photonics Cluster, an Orlando-based industry trade group that represents 22 Central Florida members. Such jobs typically pay between $45,000 and $70,000 annually.

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1 comment:

Jim Lipscomb said...

Although Mr. Kauffman got a lot of the facts wrong, in his article, the fact still remains that we need a good source for photonics technicians, in Florida. This program will be a great source.