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College launches hands-on nanotechnology course

SKOKIE – Oakton Community College will launch its first hands-on nanotechnology course this month. Fundamentals of Nanotechnology introduces the world of nanotechnology tostudents, including topics in nanophysics, nanochemistry, and nanobiology.

Students can apply to Oakton and register for the course, which begins Jan. 14, at Oakton’s website, www.oakton.edu.

“The Fundamentals of Nanotechnology class will provide students with a foundation of nano-focused knowledge and skill, and will help prepare them for exciting jobs in the fast growing field of nanotechnology,” said Bob Sompolski, dean of mathematics and technologies at Oakton. “We are thrilled to be launching this new course for our students and the Oakton community.”

The nanotechnology course at Oakton launches the Nanotechnology Employment, Education, and Economic Development Initiative, a collaborative effort with Oakton, the village of Skokie, the Illinois Science and Technology Park, and the North Suburban Educational Region for Vocational Education to bring nanotechnology education to Oakton and area high schools.

According to the 2012 Illinois Nanotechnology Report published in the December 2012 issue of IEEE Nanotechnology , “the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition identified 74 businesses in Illinois that are directly involved in the nanotechnology industry either through their work on the nanoscale or through their use of nanoenabled products.”

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