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The Congressional Optics & Photonics (O&P) Caucus will hold its first policy discussion on October 27, 2021, at 12 p.m. ET to discuss workforce development challenges in the O&P industry.

O&P companies, both large and small, have dealt with hiring shortages for skilled technicians for years and this challenge has only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Addressing workforce shortages in this rapidly growing industry responsible for technologies like displays, fiber optics, lasers, sensors, and quantum systems is critical to maintaining US leadership in this innovative, global industry.  

The O&P Caucus is pleased to present a discussion on this issue and welcomes industry participation. O&P experts will share insights on the challenges, strategies, successes, and areas for federal engagement to help address our nation's workforce shortages. Details on the event are below.

WHAT: Congressional Optics & Photonics Caucus Policy Discussion on Workforce Development
WHEN: October 27, 2021, 12 p.m. ET VIA ZOOM - Please complete this Zoom registration link to RSVP for the event.
WHO: Congressional Optics & Photonics Caucus Members, Industry Experts

Opening Remarks:
•    Congressman Joe Morelle, D-NY25; O&P Caucus founder & Co-Chair
•    Congressman Brian Mast, R-FL18; O&P Caucus founder & Co-Chair
•    Senator Kyrsten Sinema, D-AZ; O&P Caucus Honorary Co-Chair
•    Senator Steve Daines, R-MT; O&P Caucus Honorary Co-Chair

•    Dr. Alexis Vogt, PhD, Professor of Optics at Monroe Community College
•    Jay Kumler, President of Jenoptik North America
•    Trent Berg, President of Montana Photonics Industry Alliance
•    Katie Schwertz, Senior Design Engineer at Edmund Optics

We hope you can join the discussion!