Providing a state of the art facility to train students interested in pursuing careers in the sciences and learning more about nanoscience and nanotechnology, this week College of the Canyons administrators officially unveiled the college’s new Emerging Technologies Instrumentation Laboratory and Cleanroom facility.
The Emerging Technologies Institute at College of the Canyons was established to provide participants a basic understanding of the nanotechnologies and practical exposure to some typical tools used for their applications and an understanding of the many possible employment opportunities across a wide range of industries.
Located in Aliso Lab on the college’s Valencia campus, the new laboratory and cleanroom facility houses an array of high-technology microscopes and measurement devices that will be used by students enrolled in the college’s recently introduced General and Emerging Technologies Laboratory Technician program (GETLABTECH).
As a result, students will now be able to receive hands-on training and experience using some of the field’s most technologically advanced equipment – including a scanning electron microscope, atomic force microscope, inverted fluorescent microscope, mask aligner, sputtering device, ellipsometer and profilometer.
“For a community college to have this kind of state of the art facility and technological capability is very unique,” said Dr. Ram Manvi, dean of mathematics, sciences and engineering technologies at the college. “We really want to take advantage of this capability, build on it and make sure that our students are well prepared for the future by being adequately trained to use this type of equipment in their workplaces.”
To help launch the new program and construct the cleanroom College of the Canyons received a two-year California Industry Driven Regional Collaborative (IDRC) grant totaling nearly $571,000, as well as a $1.38 million grant from the Department of Commerce/Economic Development Agency (DOC/EDA) Public Works and Economic Development Facilities Program.
Together those funds have allowed administrators to lay the foundation for the college’s Emerging Technologies Institute and 14.5-unit GETLABTECH certificate program by developing and implementing curriculum, designing appropriate on-campus instructional and laboratory facilities, constructing the cleanroom area and purchasing furniture, lab tools and equipment for student use.
During the fall 2009 semester, College of the Canyons began offering three new GETLABTECH courses. Additional courses are scheduled for the winter 2010 intersession and spring 2010 semester – with hopes of training approximately 300 students over the next eight years.
For more information about the College of the Canyons Emerging Technologies Institute or the new GETLABTECH program please contact Dr. Ram Manvi at (661) 362-3135 or firstname.lastname@example.org.