Making Devices at the Smallest Dimensions: The Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology degree is a unique cooperative program established between Northampton Community College and Pennsylvania State University. In this program, students begin with three semesters of study at NCC that cover a broad range of electronics and scientific material. The completion of General Education courses is also required. These courses help round out the program, preparing students to communicate in the workplace and setting the stage for potential career growth.
The fourth semester is an intensive "capstone" experience taught at Penn State's Nanofabrication facility at the University Park campus. Students work in a clean room environment and gain experience in operating and troubleshooting nanofabrication processing equipment. The capstone courses are taught by Penn State faculty using state-of-the-art equipment. The Nanofabrication facility at University Park is part of the National Science Foundation's National Nanofabrication Infrastructure Network (NNIN).
Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and be recommended by NCC for the capstone semester. Northampton awards the associate in applied science degree.