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NEATEC at Hudson Valley Community College Hosts Inaugural Conference on Educating and Preparing Technology Workforce

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, Nov. 28, 2011

What: The Northeast Advanced Technological Education Center (NEATEC) based at Hudson Valley Community College will host a two-day conference for middle school, high school and community college faculty interested in introducing nanotechnology, semiconductor manufacturing and other STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) topics into their curriculum and guiding students into related career fields. More than 150 teachers and instructors from New York State and western New England have registered to attend.
Why: NEATEC was organized to promote STEM and technology education throughout the Northeast and to create and maintain a skilled technical workforce for the semiconductor and nanotechnology industries in New York State and western New England.
Who: Remarks will be delivered by Andrew Matonak, president of Hudson Valley Community College; Abraham Michelen, executive director of NEATEC; Daniel Armbrust, president and CEO of SEMATECH; and F. Michael Tucker, president of the Center for Economic Growth.

Presenters include Craig Woll from GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Janet Paluh from the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) in Albany.

For a schedule of workshops and all presenters, go to
Where: Bulmer Telecommunications Center on the Hudson Valley Community College campus.
When: 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29 and Wednesday, Nov. 30.
Details: Established at Hudson Valley in August of 2010 with nearly $3 million in funding from the National Science Foundation, NEATEC serves educational facilities and industries in New York State and western New England. Its goals are to sponsor internship-based training and workshops, to coordinate student recruitment for technology programs, and to develop pipeline programs that will promote careers in the industry to students in grades K through 12. Hudson Valley offers both degree and certificate programs in semiconductor manufacturing.

Industry partners in the grant include GLOBALFOUNDRIES, General Electric, SEMATECH, Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron.

Topics to be covered in conference workshops include nanotechnology, nanomedicine, semiconductor manufacturing, micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) and photovoltaic technology. Ten different workshops will be offered on day two of the conference, including "The World of Nanotechnology," "Visualization of Nanoscale Components Using Atomic Force" and "Integrating Nanotechnology into Middle and High School Curriculum."

These career fields are expected to experience substantial growth in the Capital Region with the development of GLOBALFOUNDRIES' chip manufacturing plant in Malta, IBM's commitment to site an Advance Integrated Circuit Packaging and Development Center in upstate New York and General Electric's plan to build an advanced battery manufacturing center in the Capital Region.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of nearly 14,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.