Rochester, NY, September 21, 2018 – AccuCoat has been named as a finalist in the Rochester Tech & Manufacturing Awards in the division of Optics Workforce Development.
AccuCoat has a long-standing history of supporting younger people with an interest in optics, working closely with the East High School Precision Optics Program, volunteering their time with students, providing coating services and training, and in 2016 assisted the school with obtaining a coating unit. Sixty students a semester now reap the benefits of understanding applying mirror and AR coatings, building essential skills for workforce recruitment or college.
“Accucoat is one of the first and most consistent supporters of East High’s Precision Optics program. The company has provided technical support to equip the school with an evaporative coating chamber. Last fall, AccuCoat took a chance by hiring Jean Carlos Alomar, a senior in East High’s Precision Optics program. Alomar worked part time during the 2017-2018 school year and realized that a career in Optics in Rochester is exactly what he wants,” shared Paul Conrow, East High Instructor.
“East High currently has a precision optics manufacturing lab that no high-school in the nation has. We look forward to seeing it’s graduates in the local optics and photonics companies,” stated Paul Meier-Wang, President.
Historically, AccuCoat has worked with students interested in potentially pursuing optics as a career. The original student worked with AccuCoat, then went on to attend the MCC optics program and continued to the University of Arizona to receive her optics degree. AccuCoat has recently hired another student from the East High Program, just starting his senior year.
The Awards are scheduled for announcement during a luncheon at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center, October 23rd.