Laser Technology is a class that integrates SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING and MATH (STEM). Students interested in science, investigating how light behaves under different conditions and using high-tech tools for experiments, can explore this field by enrolling in Laser Technology as a 9th or 10th grader. In this introductory class, students will create holograms, conduct multiple experiments using lasers, develop and produce a product using a CO2 laser, discover how fingerprints look under lasers and create a bridge from laser light. Students keep logbooks for all experiments. After completing this class, students may advance to Photonics I and Photonics II which will qualify for ½ unit of science credit and 1 ½ units of Practical Arts credit.
Becoming a Laser Technician requires a minimum of two years of college, with many students continuing on with a 4 year engineering degree. The course sequence in Photonics will earn a student 12 hours of articulated credit from Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa (the closet Laser program to Missouri). National statistics indicate that the median salary earned by a Photonics Technician is $59,060.
If you know a student who might be interested in Laser classes, please plan to attend the Skill Expo at Columbia Area Career Center on January 9, 2014, 5:00pm-7:00pm. More information about these courses can be found on the website: