OCC Preparing to Educate Students for Rewarding Careers at Micron

Posted on February 23, 2023

Today U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo delivered a speech titled “The CHIPS Act and a Long-term Vision for America’s Technological Leadership.” She discussed the historic CHIPS and Science Act and the need for the nation to unite behind this shared objective and think boldly. “The research, innovation, and manufacturing sparked by this law can enable us to be the technological superpower, securing our economic and national security future for the coming decades.”

The CHIPS and Science Act is what brought President Biden to Onondaga Community College last October as Micron announced a $100 billion dollar investment in our region and the promise to build a chip fab in the Onondaga County Town of Clay. Their commitment will create tens of thousands of jobs and transform our region.

Onondaga Community College stands ready to prepare the region for Micron’s arrival. OCC is planning a summer “CHIP Camp,” creating curriculum for students, and formulating plans for construction of related facilities where students will learn what they need to know for a rewarding career in the semiconductor industry.

Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said, "Thanks to the tremendous partnership with Onondaga Community College and their commitment to help ensure we have the workforce we need to fill the jobs at Micron, Onondaga County and Central New York are ready to make the vision laid out by Secretary Raimondo a reality." McMahon continued, "Onondaga County is now the home for semiconductor memory technology and, with our partners at OCC, we are prepared to lead on this important national security effort."

“We are proud to be one of Micron’s partners in education for success and will be ready to supply the workforce Micron is counting on to power the world’s largest chip fab right here in Central New York. I am a big believer in partnerships and what all of us can accomplish when we work together. As the community’s college, we look forward to collaborating with our partners at all levels of education and government to provide people across the region the opportunity to succeed,” said OCC President Dr. Warren Hilton.

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