LASER -TEC

3209 Virginia Ave
Fort Pierce FL  34981

Phone: (772) 462-7179

LASER -TEC

Southeast Regional Center for Laser and Fiber Optics Education, LASER-TEC, founded by the National Science Foundation in 2013, is an association of community and state colleges, universities, high schools and technical centers, trade associations, and laser and fiber optic (LFO) companies.

Our Mission:

Develop a sustainable pipeline of qualified laser and fiber optic technicians to meet industry needs in the Southeastern United States.

Our Goals:

1. Assist colleges with existing LFO programs by providing support, professional development, and equipment.
2. Assist colleges without LFO programs to create courses and programs by providing startup support.
3. Provide professional development for K-12 STEM teachers to bring LFO career awareness to students to create a high-school-to-college student pipeline.
4. Create awareness of LFO careers and a clear pathway for returning veterans to recruit them for participating regional college programs.
5. Develop, expand, and strengthen partnerships between LFO industries and all regional colleges.
6. Expand the membership of the Industrial Advisory Board (IAB), and monitor the supply, demand, and skill-set needed by LFO technicians in the Southeast region through a strong Industrial Advisory Board.

LASER-TEC has its headquarters at Indian River State College, in Fort Pierce, Florida, and its service area covers the following eight Southeastern states: Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida.

The United States is the world’s leader in design, manufacturing, and export of complex laser-enabled equipment used in manufacturing, medicine, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, health care, and other fields.

The advancement of this technology is fueled by close and ongoing collaboration among colleges, universities, and the industry.

According to a National Academy of Sciences report, “Optics and Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation,” 4.9 billion dollars’ worth of laser sales generated 7.5 trillion dollars of the U.S. gross domestic product in 2009 and 2010.

Jobs supporting this type of national technological advancement should not be internationally outsourced. It is vital that academic institutions, together with industry, foster the development of a highly-qualified workforce.

Technicians with training in lasers and fiber optics are in great demand across the United States. Specifically, the demand for laser and fiber optics technicians is 300% greater than
the current graduation output of colleges in the Southeastern region. With higher-than-average starting salaries, ranging from $40,000 to $55,000, LFO technician jobs offer dynamic environments, technological challenges, and exciting work.

LASER-TEC invites academic and industry partners to join with us to help meet the demand for a trained laser and fiber optics workforce across the Southeastern United States.

LASER-TEC is a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Center of Excellence in Lasers and Fiber Optics.

Develop a sustainable pipeline of qualified laser and fiber optic technicians to meet industry needs in the Southeastern United States.

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Past Events

Laser and Fiber Optics Workshop

Laser and Fiber Optics Workshop
09:00 am - 11/01/2017

At LASER -TEC

This workshop covers basic and advanced topics of light, lasers, and fiber optics and includes hands-on activities throughout the workshop. All participants will...

Coding with Arduino Bootcamp I

Coding with Arduino Bootcamp I
05:30 pm - 10/25/2017

At LASER -TEC

Wednesday Evenings | 5:30 - 7:30PM | Class runs October 25 - December 13, 2017 *No class on November 22nd due to Thanksgiving break* Ages 13-17 $225 Explore: Disocover...

Coding with Arduino Bootcamp I

Coding with Arduino Bootcamp I
05:30 pm - 09/06/2017

At LASER -TEC

Wednesday Evenings | 5:30 - 7:30PM | Class runs September 6 - October 11, 2017 Ages 13-17 $225 ●Discover the world of computer coding using an Arduino microcontroller! ●Create...

Electronics Maker Bootcamp

Electronics Maker Bootcamp
09:00 am - 07/31/2017

At LASER -TEC

Design & build electronics systems at this summer camp! Ages 13-17 Indian River State College, Fort Pierce, FL July 31 - August 4, 2017 Monday thru Thursday 9AM...

Coding with Arduino Bootcamp

Coding with Arduino Bootcamp
09:00 am - 07/24/2017

At LASER -TEC

Use code to program an Arduino at this summer camp! Ages 13-17 Indian River State College, Fort Pierce, FL July 24-28, 2017 Monday thru Thursday 9AM - 4PM Friday...

Lasers & Fiber Optics Bootcamp

Lasers & Fiber Optics Bootcamp
09:00 am - 07/17/2017

At LASER -TEC

This summer camp is all about lasers & fiber optics! Ages 10-14 Indian River State College, Fort Pierce, FL July 17-21, 2017 Monday thru Thursday 9AM - 4PM Friday...

Electronics Maker Bootcamp

Electronics Maker Bootcamp
09:00 am - 07/10/2017

At LASER -TEC

Design & build electronics systems at this summer camp! Ages 13-17 Indian River State College, Fort Pierce, FL July 10-14, 2017 Monday thru Thursday 9AM - 4PM Friday...

Coding with Arduino Bootcamp

Coding with Arduino Bootcamp
09:00 am - 06/19/2017

At LASER -TEC

Use code to program an Arduino at this summer camp! Ages 13-17 Indian River State College, Fort Pierce, FL June 19-23, 2017 Monday thru Thursday 9AM - 4PM Friday...

Lasers & Fiber Optics Bootcamp

Lasers & Fiber Optics Bootcamp
09:00 am - 06/12/2017

At LASER -TEC

This summer camp is all about lasers & fiber optics! Ages 10-14 Indian River State College, Fort Pierce, FL June 12-16, 2017 Monday thru Thursday 9AM - 4PM Friday...

Lasers & Fiber Optics Workshop

Lasers & Fiber Optics Workshop
09:00 am - 05/05/2017

At LASER -TEC

This workshop, designed for K-12 STEM educators, covers basic and advanced topics of light, lasers, and fiber optics and includes hands-on activities throughout...

Coding Bootcamp with Arduino I

Coding Bootcamp with Arduino I
05:30 pm - 01/11/2017

At LASER -TEC

Wednesday Evenings | 5:30 - 7:30PM | Class runs January 11 - March 1, 2017 Ages 13-17 $225 ●Discover the world of computer coding using an Arduino microcontroller! ●Create...

Laser and Fiber Optics Workshop

Laser and Fiber Optics Workshop
09:00 am - 11/04/2016

At LASER -TEC

This workshop covers basic and advanced topics of light, lasers, and fiber optics and includes hands-on activities throughout the workshop. All participants will...

Robotics and Photonics with Arduino Summer Camp

Robotics and Photonics with Arduino Summer Camp
08:30 am - 06/27/2016

At LASER -TEC

June 27- July 1, 2016 Boys and girls ages 9-15 Drop off at 8:30 am, pick up at 4:30 pm Cost: $200.00 Siblings: $150.00 per one child This summer camp is focused...

Robotics and Photonics with Arduino Summer Camp

Robotics and Photonics with Arduino Summer Camp
08:00 am - 06/20/2016

At LASER -TEC

Two sessions are offered this summer: June 20-24, 2016 June 27- July 1, 2016 Boys and girls ages 9-15 Drop off at 8:00 am, pick up at 5:00 pm Cost: $200.00...

Lasers and Fiber Optics Summer Camp

Lasers and Fiber Optics Summer Camp
08:30 am - 06/13/2016

At LASER -TEC

June 13-17, 2016 Boys and girls ages 9-15 Drop off at 8:30 am, pick up at 4:30 pm Cost: $200.00 Siblings: $150.00 per one child This summer camp is focused...

Lasers and Fiber Optics Summer Camp

Lasers and Fiber Optics Summer Camp
08:00 am - 06/06/2016

At LASER -TEC

Two sessions are offered this summer: June 6-10, 2016 June 13-17, 2016 Boys and girls ages 9-15 Drop off at 8:00 am, pick up at 5:00 pm Cost: $200.00 Siblings:...

Lasers and Fiber Optics Workshop

Lasers and Fiber Optics Workshop
09:00 am - 05/19/2016

At LASER -TEC

This workshop covers basic and advanced topics of light, lasers, and fiber optics and includes hands-on activities throughout the workshop. All participants will...

Lasers and Fiber Optics Workshop - Exclusively for Homeschool Parents/Educators

Lasers and Fiber Optics Workshop - Exclusively for Homeschool Parents/Educators
09:00 am - 04/12/2016

At LASER -TEC

This workshop covers basic and advanced topics of light, lasers, and fiber optics and includes hands-on activities throughout the workshop. All participants will...

STEM Educators Workshop on Lasers & Fiber Optics

STEM Educators Workshop on Lasers & Fiber Optics
09:00 am - 11/05/2015

At LASER -TEC

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce cutting edge technologies of lasers and fiber optics to high school and middle school educators and help them integrate...

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