June 2022
Registration now open!
APOMA's Colorado Tech Workshop is coming up in November 2022!

The APOMA Tech Workshop is held every other year in a rotating location and features timely topics of interest to our optics manufacturing community.

The 2022 Tech Workshop will be held November 9-11, 2022. Courses and speakers will focus on the most pressing topics facing the industry today. Signature talks will cover deep knowledge of ISO 10110 standards, ITAR, and state-of-the-art optical manufacturing techniques.

The workshop will take place at the historic Hotel Boulderado. Built in 1908, it is one of the most famous and luxurious hotel landmarks in Boulder, Colorado.

Updated Agenda available HERE!

Please contact Lee Steneken, APOMA Board President-Elect and 2022 Tech Workshop Chair, with questions at e-mail: lee@escooptics.com

Welcome new members!

AmeriCOM - Rochester, NY https://americom.org/

II-VI Aerospace & Defense - Murrieta, CA https://www.iiviad.com

Novotech, Inc. - Acton, MA https://www.novotech.net

Nu-Tek Precision Optical Corporation - Aberdeen, MD
Space still available in MCC's Summer Optics Courses!

The Optical Systems Technology program at Monroe Community College (MCC) will be conducting two Optics Workshops this summer:

  • Diamond Turning Workshop, June 21–July 7, 8:00 AM–12:30 PM
  • Magnetorheological Finishing (MRF) Workshop, June 21–July 7, 1:30 PM–6:00 PM

Each 40-hour workshop will be conducted over 3 weeks, 3 days per week, 4.5 hours per day, beginning June 21, 2022.

• Mornings 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM EDT
• Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
• June 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, July 5, 6, 7, 2022

• Afternoons 1:30 to 6:00 PM EDT
• Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
• June 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, July 5, 6, 7, 2022

See the flyers linked above for Program Highlights and Prerequisites, along with links to the Online Application Forms. The forms are course-specific. These hands-on workshops will be limited to 10 participants per workshop.

The cost will be $1,260 per participant. Funding opportunities are available for qualified participants.

Please email Ross Micali, National Work Based Learning Coordinator, MCC Optical Systems Technology, at rmicali@monroecc.edu if you have any questions.
MCC Apprenticeship Program Ending in 2022

Interested in an apprenticeship program for your business? Not quite sure what it entails? Guess what-- there's a video for that!

Click HERE to check out the APOMA MCC Apprenticeship video!

Hear first hand from Dr. Alexis Vogt what the steps are in the process, and see testimonials from Zach Hobbs at Sydor Optics and Kirk Warden at LaCroix Precision Optics. Becoming a Nationally Registered Sponsor for the U.S. Department of Labor approved Optics Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship is easier than you think.

Funding is available for manufacturers that would like to participate, but the program expires in September of 2022. If you've been on the fence about an apprenticeship program at your facility - the time to act is NOW!

Need a printable for decision makers? Click on the brochure below.
Next step?
Contact Ross Micali, (585) 202-1118, rmicali@monroecc.edu, if you are interested in starting a Registered Optics Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship for your workforce.