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Regional Center for Semiconductor and Nanotechnology Education

A new regional National Science Foundation (NSF) – Advanced Technology Education Center (ATE) is born in upstate New York. It is the Regional Center for Semiconductor and Nanotechnology Education (RCSNE). Hudson Valley Community College will receive almost $3 million over the next four years to help educate and drive interest in the nanotechnology and semiconductor manufacturing industry in the Northeast.

The highly competitive NSF grant, which is about $750,000 each year, will support an array of efforts, including promoting semiconductor and nanotechnology-related programs at other community colleges and four-year institutions; internship-based training and workshops; and the coordination of student recruitment for those programs. In addition, the RCSNE will develop pipeline programs that will promote careers in the industry to students in grades K through 12. Funding also will go towards researching and meeting workforce needs of the industries.

Partners in the grant include General Electric, Global Foundries, IBM, Tokyo Electron and SEMATECH. The college also will team with The University at Albany, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY IT and a range of community colleges across New York, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut to spread the word about career opportunities and facilitate training in these industries.

The ongoing construction of the Global Foundries chip fabrication plant in Malta, IBM’s commitment to site an Advanced Integrated Circuit Packaging Research and Development Center in upstate New York and General Electric’s plan to build an advanced battery manufacturing center in the Capital Region underscore the fact that this is a career field expected to growth both locally and nationally.

It’s expected that the Global Foundries facility in Malta alone will create 1,465 permanent manufacturing jobs by the end of 2012.

RCSNE joins 36 Advanced Technological Education (ATE) centers supported by the National Science Foundation located throughout the country. The centers undertake broad national or geographic-specific initiatives in the high technology fields that drive the economy and are of strategic importance to the nation. All of the ATE centers serve as leaders in their fields. Each center pursues a distinct vision of technological education that it carries out in cooperation with two-year and four-year colleges and universities, secondary schools, business, industry, and government. In addition to the centers, the ATE program supports projects that target particular technological education issues. Learn more about these important resources by checking out the websites: http://atecenters.org/ and http://atecentral.net/