When you hear the name Olympus, for most people cameras come to mind, but a new venture is looking to change all that, while inspiring children to pursue a career in science at the same time.
Employees from North and South America will use the Medical Learning Center to learn about new products.
The machinery includes the ability to look at human organs in 3-D.
There are three rooms in the Olympus Medical Learning Center in Upper Saucon Township: Energize, Enlighten and Experience.
"Technology is very exciting," said Luke Calcraft, president of medical systems group for Olympus Corporation of the Americas. "It's moving forward very quickly and these days we have products that can take out your kidney through your belly button."
The staff of sales reps and other employees will get to work on equipment like the Endo Eye 3-D Flex System.
Olympus workers will learn everything about all of the latest technology, how to operate the machines in a safe manner, and how to maintain them properly.
The center is also meant to be a learning tool for more than employees.
"Locally in Center Valley and in this area we want to do more than just be a draw and a drain on the community," said Calcraft.
The company is teaming up with Communities in Schools of the Lehigh Valley to show students the different types of careers available to them in the bio- science and medical fields.
"In today's world it's not enough for students just to have a diploma," added Tim Mulligan from Communities in Schools of the Lehigh Valley. "We have to equip them for the world that they are going to go out into. We have to equip them for the world of work."
Workers at Olympus feel this new medical learning center not only helps them be better at their jobs, but will be the first step in possibly finding new employees.
"Partnerships with corporations such as Olympus are going to open doors for tomorrow's students and we are so proud to be a part of that," said one employee.
The company tells us they also bring in some subsidiaries from Brazil and Mexico to work in the Learning Center as well.