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No. NR. 11.17.09 GETLab MedAdvisoryJM
November 17, 2009
Ribbon-Cutting for Emerging Technologies Lab and Cleanroom
Subject: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Time: 4 p.m., Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Place: College of the Canyons, Valencia Campus
Aliso Laboratory, Room 113
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Contact: John McElwain, (661) 362-5604; Eric Harnish, (661) 362- 3400
Event: A ribbon cutting ceremony for the Emerging Technologies Instrumentation Laboratory and Cleanroom facilities at College of the Canyons.
The facilities contain state-of-the-art microscopes and measurement devices that have been provided by federal and state grants (the Department of Commerce and the California Community College Industry Driven Regional Collaborative.
The primary focus of these two grants is to provide instruction, workshops and hands-on training to prepare our students to seek career positions in industries and businesses that use nanoscience and nanotechnology products and processes. The college offered three new courses in the current semester and hopes to train approximately 300 students over the next eight years.
Students will be able to get hands-on experience with the tools of the trade, including a scanning electron microscope, atomic force microscope, inverted fluorescent microscope, an ellipsometer and profilometer, as well as clean room practices.
Programs are modified frequently and new courses are continually being developed to keep the program at the cutting-edge status.
Speaking at the ceremony will be Mr. Bruce Fortine, College of the Canyons Board of Trustees; Dr. Ram Manvi, Division Dean, Mathematics, Sciences and Engineering Technologies; and Dr. Barry Gribbons, Assistant Superintendent/Vice President, Institutional Development, Technology & Online Services.
A guest speaker, Ms. Nathalie Gossett, head of marketing and business development at USC’s Alfred Mann Institute will discuss “Nanotechnology for Biomedical as well as Biotechnology Inventions and Commercialization.