Monroe Community College (MCC) in Rochester, NY, graduated the largest class in its Optical Systems Technology program history this year. Each and every student — whether they earned micro-credentials, a one-year certificate or a two-year associate degree — secured a job placement by graduation. Optics Technicians are in high demand and the MCC program gives you hands-on experience and the proper training needed to have a prosperous career in the Precision Optics manufacturing industry.REACH OUT Why Optics
What are Optics?
Optics are everywhere. Optics Technicians create precise components — primarily lenses fashioned out of blocks of glass — that are used in a wide array of devices, from scopes used in medical devices, to night-vision goggles worn by soldiers, to the mirrors used in NASA’s James Webb telescope transmitting images from outer space. There are many opportunities to make an impact in the Optics industry.
Real People, Real Stories
“It’s interesting to see how light works with itself. It’s visually appealing.”
Felicity first fell in love with the Optics program in high school. She’s a young mother, who appreciated the program’s flexibility and used her art background, and experience in ceramics and jewelry making, to strengthen her creativity and hand-eye coordination.
“I wish I had known about Optics sooner. I would have gone into it right away.”
Alex previously studied astrophysics at a community college, and got into Optics by working as an assembler at a consumer electronics company. His boss encouraged him to go back to school because he was good at problem-solving.
“Fiber optics instantly grabbed me.”
Candace came into the industry with a background in jewelry making and befriended a woman working in Optics, who encouraged her to join the field. She currently works in polishing, where she smooths lenses, mirrors, windows, and the ends of Optical fibers to optimize their shape and surface quality.
“This is not something I imagined I would be doing. It’s not only rewarding but interesting and fun.”
John didn’t know anything about Optics until he started working in a lab at his high school. After graduating in 2019, he entered the workforce full-time at a company that makes custom Optics components. He especially loves the bonuses and perks as he was able to purchase his dream car recently!
MCC Program Overview
The Optical Systems Technology program at MCC offers a two-year associate degree track, a one-year certificate, and micro-credentials in specialty skills areas including Optics manufacturing, testing, and electro-optics applications. You’ll gain relevant Optics entry-level experience on state-of-the-art fabrication and measurement equipment and enter the workforce fully prepared.
And your degree path doesn’t have to stop there — MCC offers a 2+2 degree program with leading universities in the country for you to continue on and receive a bachelor’s degree at considerable cost savings.
Students benefit from these aspects of the program:
MCC partners with leading Optics manufacturers in the greater Rochester region to provide training using modern Optical systems.
Lab sessions cover every phase of the production process from operating machinery to sculpting lenses.
Classes are offered during the day and in the evenings, allowing flexibility.
Financial assistance and scholarships are available, including earn-while-you-learn options.
Graduates move directly into the workforce.