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 Emerging Programs Train Students for High-Demand Careers
                In Washington state, manufacturing is approximately a $130 billion industry, with more than 7,000 manufacturing firms currently in operation, says Dr. Hany Roufael, Electrical and Telecommunications Engineer and Instructor at LWTech. Collaboration with Industry is invaluable in creating programs that meet the needs of employers. Two emerging programs that were designed in collaboration
with representatives from Industry are LWTech’s Biomedical Device Assembler Certificate and the Laser and Optical Technology Associate Degree program (launching in fall 2021). LWTech is the only college in Washington that offers both programs.
LWTech works with a diverse group of stakeholders including representatives of local manufacturing partners such as Lockheed Martin Corporation, Synrad (A Noventa company), Olympus, Stryker, Fujifilm Sonosite, and Microsoft, as well as national laboratories such as Lawrence Livermore National
Laboratory (LLNL), Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL),
Industry partner on LWTech’s Biomedical Industry Panel and recently joined as the Vice-Chair of
the newly formed Biomedical Device Technology Advisory Committee. As a contributing participant, he has had the opportunity to share the needs
of Industry, and help shape the curriculum of the Biomedical Device Assembler program.
Seeing opportunity in the Biomedical
Device Assembler Industry, student Fikralem Gebremedhim chose LWTech, because he could get technical skills and hands-on experience at the same time. He knew he could earn his certificate and get right to work. Gebremedhim spent nine years working in electronics and computers in Ethiopia. When he started job hunting last spring, he continually saw jobs in the biomedical device field come up in his searches. “The course content and knowing that I could earn a certificate in two quarters, use the skills I learned quickly, get a job, and make a difference in the biomedical field was something I wanted to do.”
Roufael has been working with representatives from the Photonics and Biomedical Device industries for several years to create both programs.
Similar to the Biomedical Device Assembler certificate, the Laser and Optical Technology Associate degree program will train students with technical, hands-on learning to prepare them for working in the high-demand field of Photonics– which is the technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy. The program will teach students cutting-edge uses of lasers, optics, fiber-optics and electro-optical devices in numerous and diverse fields of technology.
As part of the Laser and Optical Technology program, students will have the opportunity to earn seven certificates: Photonics Technician, Laser System Repair, Laser Manufacturing, Optoelectronics, Fiber Optic, Imaging and R. Sensing, and Lighting and Illumination.
                                       “Education and Industry partnership is the
bedrock of success
and longevity.”
–Sr. Director of Operations at Stryker, Matt Twitchell
and others.
Matt Twitchell, Sr. Director of
Operations at Stryker,
has served as an
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