Intel has awarded Ohio University a $3 million grant to serve as the lead institution for the Appalachian Semiconductor Education and Technical (ASCENT) ecosystem, a program that will create an inclusive development and workforce training to train the next generation of skilled technical professionals for Ohio’s emerging semiconductor industry.
The funding is part of the Intel®Semiconductor Education and Research Program for Ohio that was announced today in conjunction with Intel’s groundbreaking ceremony for its semiconductor manufacturing facility in points to New Albany, Ohio.
Over the next three years, ASCENT will collaboratively develop and deliver various educational options in the region, including stand-alone and stackable certificates, associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and graduate degrees that prepare students for career opportunities. careers created by the arrival of Intel in Ohio.
“Ohio University has long been a champion in creating and promoting strategic opportunities for economic and workforce development in Appalachia,” said the University of Ohio president. Ohio, Hugh Sherman. “We are excited to work with our peers to create new semiconductor training and career paths that will positively impact people living and working in our region for generations to come. »
ASCENT is made up of a broad coalition of institutions, colleges, and technical centers in the southeast Appalachian region of Ohio. Each will play a vital role in the visualization, delivery and programming of the entire ASCENT ecosystem.
Ohio’s main university, including its Athens, Chillicothe, Eastern, Lancaster, Southern and Zanesville campuses, partners with Belmont College, Eastland-Fairfield Career Center, Hocking College, Marietta College, Mid-East Career and Technology Center, Shawnee State University, Tri-County Career Center, and Zane State College through the ASCENT program.
Eight proposals were selected from leading Ohio institutions, including Ohio University. Each proposal includes collaborative efforts with other higher education institutions, representing more than 80 institutions across the state of Ohio. In total, the eight major Ohio institutions will receive $17.7 million in funding over a three-year period.
Intel expects this first iteration of the program to produce nearly 9,000 graduates for the industry and offer more than 2,300 scholarships over three years, helping to diversify the talent pool.
“Intel is thrilled to be in Ohio, the new Silicon Heartland and home to what will be one of our most advanced semiconductor fabs in the world,” said Jim Evers, vice president of ‘Intel and General Manager of Ohio. “Higher education plays a key role in the future success of our industry. We are proud to support these institutions from across the state as they strive to build the workforce of tomorrow. »
Intel’s Semiconductor Education and Research Program for Ohio was announced in March as part of the company’s commitment to invest $100 million in education and research collaborations with universities, community colleges and technical educators in Ohio and the United States. The program is designed to help build a talent pipeline and strengthen research programs. Of its $100 million investment, Intel has earmarked $50 million specifically for colleges and universities in Ohio.