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04/19/2005
Hudson Valley Community College to Offer Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology Program

First class scheduled to graduate in 2007

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Beginning this fall, Hudson Valley Community College will offer a new course of study in Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology that is designed to meet the changing and growing needs of businesses – such as IBM, Evident Technologies in Troy, and the proposed Tokyo Electron facility in Albany – in New York's Tech Valley.

Hudson Valley recently received state approval to offer the program, formally known as Electrical Technology: Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology, through its School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies; the program is one of 17 offered through the school.

The college collaborated with educators at the University at Albany and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to develop the program. Students will receive a combination of classroom education and hands-on instruction, which will be taught in the clean room labs at UAlbany's School of NanoSciences and NanoEngineering.

"Community colleges are known for their ability to tailor their program offerings to respond to changes in the marketplace, and Hudson Valley Community College is no exception," said Ann Marie Murray, Ph.D., dean of the School of Engineering and Industrial Technology. "We are proud to offer this new program, and of the ongoing role the college plays in ensuring that businesses in the Capital Region and Tech Valley have the skilled workforce they need to be successful."

Added P. Phillip White, the interim department chair who will oversee the new program: "This new program will not only expand opportunities for current students and future high school graduates, but also will provide men and women who are currently working with the opportunity to upgrade their skills and train for a new career."

The first year of the Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology program mirrors the first-year curriculum of the college's Electrical Engineering Technology program. Four new courses have been developed for the program, and students will take the courses during their second year of study. The courses are: Semiconductor and Nanotechnology Overview; Vacuum and Thin Film Technology; Semiconductor and Nanotechnology Fabrication Processes; and Semiconductor Metrology and Process Control.

The college expects to enroll 20 students in the program's first academic year (2005-06); the first class of students will graduate with associate's degrees in applied science in 2007. The program is designed to prepare students either to enter the workforce or transfer to a baccalaureate program, White added.

Enrollment in the program is projected to 80 students by its third year (2007-08), at which time the college's Semiconductor Manufacturing Lab will be operational. The $525,000 lab – which will simulate a clean room environment – will be paid for through a $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education; the lab is scheduled to open in time for the Spring 2008 semester.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has nearly 60,000 alumni.