Nanotechnology Technician's Training Program


The Center for the Advancement of Nanotechnology (NanoCenter) at the Applied Technology Training Center (ATTC) of the San Bernardino Community College District offers a Nanotechnology Technician's Training program. The program consists of 90 hours of hands-on training that introduces participants to micro/nanofabrication, materials and device characterization, and electronic and optoelectronic  devices. The training is primarily conducted at ATTC and some components of the hands-on training held at the College of Engineering at the University of California, Riverside.

This program was created in 2009 when the ATTC won a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Community- Based Job Training grants program to establish an education program providing nanotechnology-trained workers for local and statewide manufacturers. The goal of the grant project was to advance economic development opportunities related to nanotechnology by providing a pipeline of trained workforce and bring about job development and wealth creation in the region. The grant funding provides approximately 65% of the total cost of the program, with additional support and funding from NASA’s Ames Research Center and from the state through the University of California Chancellor’s office.

The Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Business (DOL/ETAB) supports various activities to promote nanomanufacturing advancement, innovation, and academic-industry educational opportunities. These serve to build the capacity of community and technical colleges to train workers and develop skills needed in local industries and occupations that are expected to experience high growth.

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Applied Technology Training Center (ATTC) of the San Bernardino Community College District: Center for the Advancement of Nanotechnology (NanoCenter)
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90 hours

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