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08/28/2006
Hudson Valley Community College Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology Fact Sheet

For Immediate Release: Friday, June 23, 2006
Contact: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071 or (518) 248-4555 – cell

Hudson Valley Community College will train the clean room technicians that computer-chip maker Advanced Micro Devices – and other similar businesses – needs to be successful in this region, and further the growth of Tech Valley.

The college offers a two-year associate in applied science degree program – Electrical Technology: Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology – that will train – and retrain – men and women for these jobs. The program can enroll up to 80 students. Here's some additional background:

  • 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.

  • Hudson Valley also has received a $525,000 federal grant to construct a Semiconductor Manufacturing Lab in Amstuz Hall on campus; the lab will simulate a clean room environment, and will be operational 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 semester, and Semiconductor Manufacturing and Nanotechnology Fabrication Processes and Semiconductor Metrology and Process Control, in the Spring semester.

  • The two courses that are being offered this fall - Semiconductor and Nanotechnology Overview and Vacuum and Power RF – have five, second-year students enrolled in each course.

  • The first class of semiconductor-trained students will graduate with associate degrees in applied science in 2007. Upon graduation, students will be 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.

  • For the Fall 2006 semester, 31 first-year students are enrolled in the Electrical Engineering Technology program, and 14 first-year students are enrolled in the Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology program. These students are scheduled to graduate with associate's degrees 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.