Gallatin College Montana State University is adding a photonics and optics program in hopes of helping staff nearby employers.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that classes will begin in the fall for the two-year program that will allow technicians to work in the industry with an associate's degree in photonics and laser technology.

The Gallatin Valley has about 30 photonics and optics companies, the most per capita in the country.

The new program has been approved by MSU and the Montana Board of Regents and approval from the Northwest Commission on Accreditation is currently being sought.