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

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013

The Northeast Advanced Technological Education Center (NEATEC) based at Hudson Valley Community College will host a two-day conference on Tuesday, Jan. 15 and Wednesday, Jan. 16 for educators who are bringing nanotechnology, semiconductor manufacturing and other STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) topics into their curriculums.

With 17 different workshops scheduled over two days, the conference is open to elementary school, middle school, high school and community college faculty throughout New York State and Greater New England. Attendees will discuss plans for eight new semiconductor manufacturing technology courses being developed by NEATEC and Fairfield Community College. The conference takes place from 7:30a.m. to 5 p.m. each day in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center on the Hudson Valley campus.

Keynote speakers for this event are Dr. John B. King Jr., commissioner of education and president of the University of the State of New York, Dr. Joseph H. Adair, professor of material science and engineering and bioengineering at Pennsylvania State University - Adair is also associate director of the Penn State Center on Nanomedicine and Materials and Ms Mary Colclough from CRANN (the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices) based in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

While overseeing more than 7,000 public and independent elementary and secondary schools in addition to hundreds of higher education schools across New York State, Dr. King has earned a national reputation for education reform and was a driving force in New York’s successful Race to the Top application. Adair’s research and teaching interests include biological-nanoscale composite particulates for nanomedical applications and materials chemistry. He is author or co-author of more than 200 publications and owns 12 patents and several copyrights on computer software.

Remarks also will be delivered by Dr. Carolyn Curtis, vice president for Academic Affairs at Hudson Valley Community College; Dr. Santosh Kurinec and Dr. Michael Jackson, professors at Rochester Institute of Technology; F. Michael Tucker, President and CEO at the Center for Economic Growth and Dr. Abraham Michelen, executive director of NEATEC.

“NEATEC is pleased to have the opportunity to engage the educators of today in preparing the technology workforce for the future. This conference promises to deliver a volume of relevant information and to spark new interests for many in attendance,” says Dr. Abraham Michelen, executive director of NEATEC.

NEATEC was organized at Hudson Valley in August of 2010 with nearly $3 million in funding from the National Science Foundation 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. 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, IBM, Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron.

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 13,250 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has 75,000 alumni.