OP-TEC, the National Center for Optics and Photonics Education, is a consortium of colleges and industry groups working to increase the supply of well-educated optics and photonics technicians by building and strengthening the capacity and quality of optics and photonics education in U.S. two-year colleges. By empowering community and technical colleges to meet the urgent need for new technicians and retraining workers in optics and photonics, OP-TEC plays a significant role in maintaining our country’s economic competitiveness and military preparedness, and ensuring that highly rewarding jobs will be available for American citizens, including its veterans. OP-TEC is funded by the National Science Foundation to provide information about optics and photonics technology and technician careers, curricula and teaching materials, faculty professional development, and technical assistance to colleges and high schools.