Being part of the local community isn’t just a slogan at Access Laser. It is part of the fabric of the company.
Access Laser works directly with a local STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) High School to provide internship opportunities to juniors and seniors. As high school students just starting their careers in the growing high tech economy, they get the chance to work on actual projects alongside Access Laser employees who mentor them. Past students have been taught how to use current design tools such as Altium in order to lay out a PCB for a temperature measurement system to be used by the engineering team, and then built and tested the prototype. Another project was to do a quantitative statistical analysis to correlate critical part dimensions to production yields.
Recently, a new partnership has been established between Access Laser and Western Washington University’s Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management program to provide internships for college students to get an opportunity to work in a real manufacturing environment. WWU students will be working on Lean Manufacturing projects, helping the continuous improvement process that is a central part of Access Laser’s Quality Management System.
When Access Laser had some surplus equipment from its machine shop, it worked with a local technical college to donate it to them, and help increase the access to its machinist program. This technical college is just one of a number of local colleges that have been a direct pipeline of quality employees for Access Laser.
The holidays are a time to focus on family and the community. Every December Access Laser holds a fundraising drive to provide holiday food and gifts to families in need, with the company matching 100% of all employee donations. Last year’s fundraiser was a huge success. We exceeded our goals by so much that in addition to providing direct support to families in need, we were also able to make a substantial cash contribution to Volunteers of America.