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04/29/2013
Northeast Advanced Technological Education Center Offers Advanced Training for Semiconductor Professionals

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180, d.renfrew@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, April 29, 2013

What: The Northeast Advanced Technological Education Center (NEATEC) at Hudson Valley Community College has partnered with a well-known German company, Plasmetrex, to offer two workshops for semiconductor engineers and technicians who want to advance their skills. Subject matter focuses on Radio Frequency (RF) and Plasma, both of which are technologies that play a critical role in the nanoscale and semiconductor manufacturing industries to improve process yield and productivity. Plasma and RF are used in micro and nanoscale fabrication for chamber cleaning, thin-film deposition, etching, sputtering, and others.

Courses: Course A, at an intermediate level, is Radio Frequency Technology for Plasma Applications. Course B, at an advanced level, is Plasma School for Semiconductor Manufacturing. Each course is offered in two sessions. All the participants attend both courses.

Why: NEATEC has identified gaps in semiconductor industry education and training that can be filled by these workshops. Normally Radio Frequency and Plasma technologies are not taught in courses at community colleges. These two courses will help technicians and engineers working in the semiconductor industry to fill the gaps.

Who: Currently at full enrollment of 15 students per session, the workshops are aimed at engineers and technicians already working in the semiconductor industry. Participants receive a comprehensive training manual and a certificate of completion. The technicians attending these workshops are employees of several semiconductor manufacturing companies, including GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Sematech and IBM. The two courses will be taught by Dr. Michael Klick and Dipl. Ing. Lutz Eichhorn, both from Plasmetrex GmbH, Berlin, Germany.

Where: Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies (TEC-SMART) at 345 Hermes Road in Malta.

When: Course A runs on Monday and Tuesday, April 29-30 and on Monday and Tuesday, May 6-7. Course B runs on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, May 1-3, and on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, May 8-10.

Details: NEATEC was established 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.

TEC-SMART, which opened in January 2010, is a joint initiative of Hudson Valley and the New York State Energy Resource and Development Authority (NYSERDA). It features more than a dozen state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories to train the workforce in semiconductor manufacturing green technologies, including photovoltaic, home energy efficiency, geothermal, alternative fuels and wind energy. In addition, courses in Business and the Liberal Arts and Sciences area, including English, psychology, math and more are offered.

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.