Information session to shine light on Niagara College’s Advanced Lasers program

Niagara College is illuminating opportunities that exist for graduates of its Advanced Lasers program – the only one of its kind in Ontario – at a special Information session to be held Wednesday, March 28.

The event, Careers at the Speed of Light, will feature a dinner, in-depth tour, and presentations geared to students and graduates ideally suited to the program – from university Physics, college Mechanical Engineering and Electronics Engineering Technology programs – as well as their teachers.

“This program offers students excellent career opportunities in a growing field with international reach,” said Dr. Ben Cecil, Dean of Niagara College’s Environment, Media and Technology Division. “There are more jobs in the field of photonics every year than there are graduates from all programs (undergraduate and graduate) at Niagara College.”

Cecil pointed out that while the one-year graduate certificate program currently has an intake class size of 12 students each year, some employers in the field seek 75 graduate hires every year. Last year alone, there were 136 job postings for Photonics graduates at Niagara College.

“Industry needs these grads,” he said.

NC has offered photonics education since 2002. The program prepares students for careers in such exciting fields as biotech and medical research, entertainment, holographic technology, homeland security and defense, imaging, laser technology, optical hardware design, and aerospace technology.

The upcoming information session will give guests an opportunity to apply to or confirm their acceptance into the program. It is free of charge, however guests are asked to RSVP at

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