As the only public institute of technology in the state, Lake Washington Institute of Technology is committed to expanding Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) offerings to current and potential students. With funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), LWTech is launching two innovative projects to support student success in STEM fields.
The Pacific Northwest Photonics Technology Project (PNW Photonics) will develop the first two-year photonics technology program in the state. Photonics technology is the practical application of light, including lasers. To support the project goal of improving and diversifying our regional technical workforce, LWTech will collaborate with regional high-tech partners and The National Center for Optics and Photonics Education (OP-TEC) to recruit non-traditional students including veterans, females, and older students to our photonics technology program. LWTech will use multiple recruiting methods, including social media to bring underrepresented populations into this exciting career pathway.
The Future Tech Stars scholarship program will provide approximately 100 scholarships of $5,000 to low-income, non-traditional students in STEM disciplines including computer security, information technology applications development, digital gaming, and multimedia design. Students who are interested can access writing support, program-specific advising, and career resources to help create the next generation of employees for Seattle-area technology employers.