Fast-Glance Q&A on DCC's NanoTech Ed
What is nanotechnology?
It’s the study and manipulation of things on the molecular level. A nanometer is a billionth of a meter. A human hair is 100,000 nanometers thick. Nanotechnology is a science that involves doing such things as building machines, developing chemicals, and conducting medical procedures on the nanoscale. Up until recently, everything that was built or worked with was on a scale you could see. The future of everything is now in miniaturization, so those who understand the science of nanotechnology have the best future job prospects.
Who would make a good candidate for DCC’s Nanotechnology Technician Education program?
High school grads who are interested in math, science, and technology and who did well in those subjects in school.
What are the job prospects for program graduates?
Excellent. The National Science
Foundation (NSF) predicts that more jobs will be created in
nanotechnology in coming years than in any other field. The NSF
forecasts 1 million new nanotech jobs in
Locally, project partner Luna
nanoWorks plans to hire program graduates. DCC has 29
other partner companies that specialize in nanotechnology (in
Southern Virginia and
For what types of jobs and at what pay scale will program graduates be hired?
Graduates will be top candidates for jobs in industrial, medical, and R&D laboratories as well as product development, quality control, and most technician-level jobs that require expertise in use of high-end equipment. In addition, just as “business management” was the broad applicability degree of the 1970s through 1990s (with business school graduates being able to land jobs in a wide range of fields), nanotechnology will have the same broad applicability in the technical world due to the wide range of technical skills acquired in the degree work. The pay scale generally ranges from $30,000 to $50,000, making it one of the most high-paid fields open to graduates from two-year degree programs.
What makes DCC’s NanoTech Ed program unique?
First and foremost, its equipment. With over $1 million in such equipment as atomic force microscopes and spectroscopy equipment, the program offers students the unique opportunity to master equipment that is usually available only to students in their fifth or more year of college at major universities. This will give DCC program graduates a distinct advantage over other job applicants as not only will DCC’s students understand the science of nanotechnology, but they will also have expert experience on equipment that few other two-year program job applicants will have.
Another program advantage is that the
Director of DCC’s NanoTech Ed program, Dr. Beverly Clark III, is a
local native son, having graduated from
Which NanoTech Ed courses will be offered this semester?
In the Fall 2011 Semester, DCC will be welcoming its first cohort of NanoTech Ed students with the following nano program-specific courses:
Tues & Thurs 4:00-5:15 pm -
Tues & Thurs 6:00-7:15 pm -
In addition, the program’s required general education courses are offered at varying days and times (see DCC’s online class schedule).
What are the advantages to declaring a NanoTech Ed major now?
DCC’s program received its accreditation only this past May, making the Fall Semester 2011 class the FIRST NANOTECH ED COHORT who will be graduating with this unique degree from DCC. Being the first among graduating students will give participants the distinct advantage of being the first to hit the job market with this new degree long before their competition starts flooding the job market. The newness of this program offers this year’s students an advantage that no students coming after them will ever have.
Are the NanoTech Ed courses only for NanoTech Ed program majors?
How do students register for NanoTech Ed?
The same way all other DCC students register for their chosen programs of study. Here are step-by-step instructions.
Who can I contact in person for more info?
Program director and NanoTech Ed instructor Dr. Beverly Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org or 434-797-8516.