Gallatin College MSU to offer new associate’s degree in photonics, receives nearly $200,000 National Science Foundation grant

Laser technician David Ferguson performs final testing on a laser system at Quantum Composers in Bozeman. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.

Laser technician David Ferguson performs final testing on a laser system at Quantum Composers in Bozeman. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.

The Gallatin Valley is home to approximately 30 photonics and optics companies but skilled photonics technicians are needed to grow the industry. Local training hasn’t been available to prepare individuals to fill these positions, but that will soon change, thanks to a new Gallatin College Montana State University program.

The two-year program will prepare graduates to work as technicians in laser optics and photonics companies. It will lead to an associate’s degree in photonics and laser technology.

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