BRATTLEBORO — Omega Optical, a southern Vermont-based manufacturer, has received a $9,000 Vermont Training Program grant from the Vermont Department of Economic Development.
For decades, Omega Optical has made a variety of optical-filters products used by both government and private organizations. The company continues to create innovative products and serves as a key supplier to companies involved in aerospace, defense, and life-science operations.
In a news release, Omega Optical said it will use the grant “to train employees a valuable curriculum of basic interferometry training, machine math training, advanced machine tool technology training, and CNC machine training.”
Global optics and imaging is a growing industry, but many experienced technicians are approaching retirement. Omega Optical says it is vital to continually train its employees, as its products and services are built on years of technical experience, software knowledge, and other problem-solving skills.
The Vermont Training Program is administered by the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, Department of Economic Development. It is a workforce development program to enhance the skills of the Vermont workforce and increase productivity of Vermont employers.
Grants may cover up to 50 percent of the cost of training, which can be on-site or through a training provider/vendor. To learn more about VTP, visit accd.vermont.gov/economic-development/funding-incentives/vtp.