September 2021
Attend Optifab 2021!

18 - 21 October 2021
Rochester, New York, USA

Exhibit or present your research at the largest optical manufacturing conference and exhibition in North America! Organized jointly by SPIE and APOMA, it is the premier event to meet with top companies and learn about the latest optical fabrication technologies.

APOMA Special Events are planned for the week!

Both the APOMA General Meeting and the Apprenticeships Panel will be held on Wednesday, October 20:

In person: 20 October 2021 ∙ 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM EDT, Joseph A Floreano Riverside Convention Center, Highland E/F 

Items on the agenda include:
  • Available Training Grant Funds
  • New Optics Manufacturing Apprenticeship and insight about upcoming panel
  • Optics Quality Standard Progress
  • AmeriCOM authorization and status
  • Relevant International Trade Regulations
  • Proposed mentorship program
In person: 20 October 2021 ∙ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM EDT, Joseph A Floreano Riverside Convention Center, Exhibition Hall 

A lively panel discussion to address the needs and challenges of optics apprenticeships for the Optical Fabrication Industry. Funding is available for manufacturers that would like to participate, but the program expires in September of 2022. If you've been on the fence about an apprenticeship program at your facility - the time to act is NOW!

Dr. Alexis Vogt, Monroe Community College (USA)

Ashley Hoffman, Apprentice Graduate, JML Optical
Ross Micali, National Work-based Learning Coordinator, Monroe Community College
Jim VanKouwenberg, Former Workforce Development Coordinator, Optimax
Kirk Warden, President, LaCroix Precision Optics
Ben Zeller, Apprentice Graduate, Optimax

APOMA Members-- Do you have ties to school districts in the Rochester area? Make sure to send them the Optifab Student Day flyer linked below!

Interested in establishing an apprenticeship program for optics manufacturing technicians? Not sure how to become a Nationally Registered Sponsor for the U.S. Department of Labor approved Optics Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship? Click on the image above to see the full brochure!

Contact Ross Micali, (585) 202-1118,, if you are interested in starting a Registered Optics Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship for your workforce.
MCC Diamond Turning Summer Workshop a Success!

Check out the MCC press release linked below for details on the new lab run by Dr. Alexis Vogt!

Welcome New Members!