Spotlight – Chroma Technology, Corp
By: Paul Millman
Owner, Chroma Technology Corp.
Amidst the chaos in our world great changes are occurring. One of the changes is the continually breaking of the glass door that kept young women from pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The door is being broken individually and collectively. A Vermont leader in helping young women pursue those careers is Vermont Works for Women and their program Rosie’s Girls.
Chroma heard about Rosie’s Girls several years ago and has been financially supportive of them since. We love their work because we are a STEM company and we have consciously worked at integrating more women into our workforce across production, engineering, and leadership. Recently, Chroma announced that Janette Bombardier, formerly of IBM/GlobalFoundries and Green Mountain Power, joined the company as Chief Engineering Officer.
Chroma serves the scientific, applied science and technology communities. Our customers are research scientists, engineers, medical instrument designers, microscope manufacturers and medical practitioners. The optical filters that we manufacture are in microscopes, DNA sequencing machines, medical diagnostic instruments, astronomical telescopes (both professional and amateur), surgical imaging systems, machine vision robot and instruments, food and water safety test systems, and more.
These are rapidly expanding areas of research and product development. We are seeing the creation more and more quality jobs in these fields. The jobs range from those who build the instruments to those who interpret the test results and treat diseases. During the 27 years, we have been in business, we have seen more and more women, and people from minority communities, enter these fields. We would like to see more.
During the 27 years, we have been in business, we have seen more and more women, and people from minority communities, enter these fields. We would like to see more.”
This is why we support Vermont Works for Women and why we love Rosie’s Girls, their summer training program. We look forward to hiring some of these young women when they enter the workforce. We have plenty of room, at Chroma, for a fully integrated workforce.