Nanotechnology, the Community College Course

By September 5, 2008Education and Training

From The Star-Tribune, Pittsylvania County, Virginia:

Danville Community College and Luna Innovations Inc. have entered into a partnership to provide nanotechnology technician training to Southside Virginia residents.

The partnership is being funded through a three-year, $638,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

“This funding will help develop a curriculum that will not only provide students with technical skills, but includes hands-on experience in using scientific instruments,” said Dr. Kent Murphy, chairman and chief executive officer of Luna Innovations. “The new program will aid in building a workforce that will be ready to work in this promising new technology field.”

Headquartered in Roanoke, Luna opened its nanoWorks division in Danville in 2005 in a former tobacco warehouse that has been renovated into an ultramodern 24,000-square-foot manufacturing and research development facility.

Here’s the joint Danville Community College/Luna news release.

Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit often posts links about this or that breakthrough in nanotechnology, all interesting and encouraging.

But when you get to the point of training technicians, well, that tells you the technology has definitely advanced beyond theory and R&D to the practical,  commercial level.

P.S. Some of those Instapundit links:

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