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Outreach Activities to Enlist High School Students for Electro-Optics Technician Programs at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Northpointe Two-Year Campus

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This paper describes the basic formats of four outreach activities for the newly established electro-optics (EO) program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). As the only program, to the author’s knowledge, that offers both associate and bachelor’s degrees in EO, it has successfully implemented a 2+2+2 initiative that enables a wide range of students to enter the rapidly evolving EO workforce. To sustain the program’s growth, a series of outreach activities has been offered to create a broad awareness of EO engineering in the community. A multi-dimensional approach has been carried out to achieve short- and longterm outreach strategies. Students, teachers, and parents are informed of educational and career opportunities in EO engineering. The outreach activities have exposed participants to the excitement of EO engineering through tours of on-campus labs and local EO engineering companies and research organizations. In addition, students undergo a valuable learning process through the On-Campus EO Experience and EO Summer Camp, both of which provide opportunities for interaction with college faculty and staff, students enrolled in the program, and local EO professionals.

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Title: Outreach Activities to Enlist High School Students for Electro-Optics Technician Programs at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Northpointe Two-Year Campus

This paper describes the basic formats of four outreach activities for the newly established electro-optics (EO) program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). As the only program, to the author’s knowledge, that offers both associate and bachelor’s degrees in EO, it has successfully implemented a 2+2+2 initiative that enables a wide range of students to enter the rapidly evolving EO workforce. To sustain the program’s growth, a series of outreach activities has been offered to create a broad awareness of EO engineering in the community. A multi-dimensional approach has been carried out to achieve short- and longterm outreach strategies. Students, teachers, and parents are informed of educational and career opportunities in EO engineering. The outreach activities have exposed participants to the excitement of EO engineering through tours of on-campus labs and local EO engineering companies and research organizations. In addition, students undergo a valuable learning process through the On-Campus EO Experience and EO Summer Camp, both of which provide opportunities for interaction with college faculty and staff, students enrolled in the program, and local EO professionals.

Author(s): Feng Zhou

Publisher: OP-TEC

Year: 2009

Category: Monographs and Reports

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