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New COC curriculum thinks small

School plans coursework in nanotechnology

Posted: June 17, 2009 7:27 p.m.
Updated: June 18, 2009 6:30 a.m.
 

College of the Canyons officials have announced introduction of a program for students interested in learning about opportunities in nanotechnology.

Nanotechnology focuses on the study and use of matter on an atomic or molecular scale to develop materials within that size for various uses in a number of commercial products and devices with wide-ranging applications. A nanometer-sized particle is approximately one-billionth of a meter.

The program is titled, General and Emerging Technologies Lab Technician.

It is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the essential laboratory-technician skills needed to find employment in biotech, electronics, pharmaceutical and chemical industries.

The college received a two-year California Industry Driven Regional Collaborative (IDRC) grant worth about $571,000, as well as a $1.38 million grant from the Department of Commerce/Economic Development Agency Public Works and Economic Development Facilities Program, toward the development of curriculum, facilities and various microscopes and supplies.

“This program is a perfect example of how community colleges work to bolster the local economy,” said College of the Canyons Chancellor Dr. Dianne Van Hook.

Composed of entry-level chemistry, biology and engineering technician courses, lab-technician software training and laboratory/clean-room safety instruction, the community college’s program is designed to teach students basic science, laboratory and technical workplace skills.

Students will also have the option to complete the exploratory Introduction to Nanotechnology elective course, which is the first time a nanotechnology course has been offered at College of the Canyons.

“We’ve tried to make the curriculum approachable for everyone, not just science and engineering students,” said Kathy Flynn, chemistry professor and Emerging Technology Project director.

The lab program and equipment will be housed in Aliso Lab, the college’s 32,000-square-foot science laboratory facility. The program’s clean room is scheduled for completion in summer 2009, with classes slated to start in the fall.

For more information about the College of the Canyons General and Emerging Technologies (GET) Laboratory Technician program, please contact Kathy Flynn at (661) 362-3998.

 

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