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Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies (TEC-SMART) Fact Sheet \"Photo

CONTACT: Jason McCord (518) 629-8071 or 378-3835 (cell)
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, September 13, 2007

Hudson Valley Building Systems Technology Department Chair Joseph Sarubbi, NYSERDA Vice President for Programs Bob Callender, Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno and Hudson Valley President Andrew J. Matonak (left to right) stand in front of a rendering of the new TEC-SMART facility to be built in the Saratoga Technology + Energy Park in Malta.
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Hudson Valley\'s Academic Programs in the Emerging Technology and Renewable Energy Fields

TEC-SMART proposal

  • TEC-SMART is expected to be located in the Saratoga Technology and Energy Park (STEP) in Malta.

  • The $13 million announced today by State Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno will fund the construction of the facility, in addition to any necessary furnishings and infrastructure.

  • Once established, the facility will feature classrooms and labs that will be used to train the area's workforce in emerging technologies, including semiconductor manufacturing, alternative fuels, photovoltaic, geothermal and wind energy, that are key to furthering economic development in the Capital Region and New York State. The facility also will provide energy efficiency training for the building trades.

  • It is estimated that through TEC-SMART, Hudson Valley will need to train between 500 and 600 technicians in the next five to 10 years to keep pace with industry employment needs throughout the Capital Region.

  • The college will spearhead, coordinate and develop all educational and training programs offered at the facility, working in partnership with New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, other local and state agencies, and business and industry experts to ensure that the facility produces skilled technicians ready to meet the growing workforce demands in the semiconductor and alternative energy industries.

  • Hudson Valley has been the region's leader in technology education since its founding in 1953 as Troy Technical College, and the college is committed to providing emerging technology and alternative energy education.

  • The college already offers training in semiconductor manufacturing and photovoltaic installation, and in Fall 2008, Hudson Valley will offer an alternative fuel certificate program (see attached fact sheet for details about these three programs). This new facility allows the college to expand the scope of its programs to meet the growing demand for employees with these skills.

  • The TEC-SMART facility also will be a showcase for energy efficient technology. It will incorporate "green-build" techniques, which include the use of solar panels, wind turbines, geothermal heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, and bamboo flooring in construction, and qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, a national coalition of businesses within the building industry that promotes the construction of buildings that are environmentally responsible.

  • In addition to being the premiere facility for emerging technology training and educational, TEC-SMART will foster greater community awareness of energy issues and the emerging technologies, and play an active role in engaging the community about the critical need for the ongoing development, education and use of these technologies.

To interview Hudson Valley Community College President Andrew J. Matonak or other college officials about TEC-SMART, contact Jason McCord at (518) 629-8071 or 378-3835 (cell).

Hudson Valley Community College Academic Programs in the Emerging Technology and Renewable Energy Fields

Electrical Technology: Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology Degree

  • In April 2005, the college announced the creation of its Electrical Technology: Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology associate's degree program, offered through its School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies. The college collaborated with educators at the University at Albany and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to develop the program.

  • The program is designed to provide students with a combination of classroom education and hands-on instruction, which is taught in the clean room labs at UAlbany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. The college also will be constructing a semiconductor lab on campus during the Fall 2007 semester; the lab is scheduled for completion for the Spring 2008 semester.

  • The first year of the Semiconductor program mirrors the first-year curriculum of the college's Electrical Engineering Technology program. Four semiconductor-specific courses are offered during the second year: Semiconductor and Nanotech Overview and Vacuum and Power RF in the fall, and Semiconductor Manufacturing and Nanotechnology Fabrication Processes and Semiconductor Metrology and Process Control, in the spring. The college's ultimate goal is to enroll 80 students annually in the program.

  • The first class of semiconductor-trained students – two men and one woman – graduated in May. Upon graduation, students are qualified for jobs as "work station operators" in clean room environments. The program prepares students either to enter the workforce or transfer to a bachelor's degree program. Two of the program graduates are currently working for GE Global Research in Niskayuna while the third is planning to pursue a bachelor's degree at the University at Albany in the spring.

  • Eleven students currently are enrolled in the Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology associate's degree program. These students are scheduled to graduate in 2008. In addition, graduates of the college's Electrical Engineering Technology also could enroll in the four semiconductor-specific courses to enhance their skills.

Photovoltaic Installation Certificate

  • In September 2006, the college received state approval to offer a five-course, 19-credit certificate program in Photovoltaic (PV) Installation. This certificate is offered through the college's School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies and is part of its Electrical Construction and Maintenance program. Students enrolled in the certificate program beginning this fall.

  • The certificate program combines three courses from the college's long-standing Electrical Construction and Maintenance program – Electricity; Residential Construction Wiring; and Commercial Construction Wiring – with two courses – Photovoltaic Systems Theory and Design and Photovoltaic Systems Installation – that the college has offered since Fall 2005.

  • Hudson Valley was awarded a $148,000 competitive grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to create the two photovoltaic-specific courses, as well as a photovoltaic lab on the college's campus. The photovoltaic lab has both roof-mounted and post-mounted solar panels, providing students hands-on experience in installation and maintenance of PV systems.

Alternative Fuels Certificate

  • The college received approval to offer this 29-credit Alternative Fuels Certificate in April. The new program builds upon the college's 53-year tradition of providing quality automotive education and responds to a demand within the automotive industry for this type of training. The college currently offers four associate's degrees in automotive technology through its School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies.

  • Eight courses comprise the certificate: six existing, core automotive courses: Applied Math; Automotive Electricity; Fuel Systems; Automotive Electronics; Diesel Engines; and Alternative Fuels and two new courses: Hybrids and Hydrogen Power Systems.

  • The college will begin offering the certificate in Fall of 2008; the maximum enrollment will be 16 students.

  • The courses that constitute the certificate program would be offered during the day and evening – both on the Hudson Valley campus in Troy and at the Saratoga Technology and Energy Park, the home of the state's new Alternative Fuel Research Lab.

  • New students – as well as currently employed automotive technicians seeking to diversify their skill base – would be eligible to enroll in the program.

NYSERDA Building Analyst Training

  • This non-credit, 36-hour training course, which focuses on energy efficiency, is designed to prepare individuals in the building trades for the Building Performance Institute's Building Analyst written and field tests.

  • The college's Workforce Development Institute is the lead agency for this training; the college received a $1.7 million grant from NYSERDA to coordinate the training statewide. In addition to being offered at Hudson Valley, this 36-hour training course has been offered in Binghamton, the Bronx and Rochester.