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Hudson Valley Community College To Offer Semiconductor Technology Certificate Program

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, May 5, 2011

Hudson Valley Community College's School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies will offer a certificate program in Semiconductor Technology beginning in fall 2011 for students who hold an associate degree in Electrical Engineering Technology (ELT) and want to enhance their job skills to move into this new industry. Applicants from other disciplines with a strong background in chemistry and physics also qualify for admission to the program. Others with related experience or degrees can be admitted by permission of the department chairperson.

The 25-credit hour certificate, to be offered in part at Hudson Valley's Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies (TEC-SMART) facility in NYSERDA's Saratoga Technology + Energy Park (STEP), will provide specialized training in semiconductors and nanotechnology, digital electronics, electromechanical devices, semiconductor manufacturing and nanofabrication processes. Some of the courses will be taught at Hudson Valley's main campus in Troy.

The certificate program was developed in response to the expected employment needs of area computer chip manufacturing industries, including GlobalFoundries where positions are expected to open in late 2011 when the company becomes fully operational. Program graduates will be qualified to apply for entry-level employment at annual starting salaries of approximately $45,000.

Hudson Valley currently also offers an associate in applied science degree in Electrical Technology: Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology.

For further information about this program, contact Hudson Valley's Admissions office at (518) 629-7309 or