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Conference on Educating and Preparing Technology Workforce Hosted by Hudson Valley Community College’s NEATEC

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, March 14, 2014

The Northeast Advanced Technological Education Center (NEATEC), based at Hudson Valley Community College, will host a two-day conference on Thursday, March 20 and Friday, March 21 for educators who are infusing nanotechnology, semiconductor manufacturing (SMT) and other STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) topics into their curriculums.

Taking place at the college’s Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies (TEC-SMART) in Malta, the conference runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Educators from the elementary level up to the university level, as well as students and technicians, throughout New York State and greater New England, will have the opportunity to participate in 20 workshops where they will get hands-on lab experience and exposure to activities they can add to their lesson plans. The schedule includes a panel discussion on identifying, engaging and supporting the students who best fit the available workforce and facility tours.

Keynote speakers are Clint Ballinger, Evident Technologies; Mark Steiner, RPI; Yu-Kai Chou, Gamefication in Education; and Jennifer Goodall, National Girls Collaborative Project.

“NEATEC is pleased to be able to have the opportunity to engage the educators of today in preparing the technology workforce for the future.” says Dr. Abraham Michelen, Executive Director of NEATEC.

For more information or to register for the conference, go to

NEATEC was organized at Hudson Valley in 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 a degree and certificate program in semiconductor manufacturing.

Industry partners in the grant include GLOBALFOUNDRIES, General Electric, SEMATECHApplied Materials and Tokyo Electron.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers 75 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 13,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.