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LCCC Joins 11 Midwestern Institutions to Launch Semiconductor-Focused Network – Morning Journal

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Lorain County Community College partners with colleges and universities in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana to form a Midwest regional network to serve national needs in semiconductors and microelectronics.

The network will optimally support the onshoring of the advanced semiconductor and microelectronics industry and jointly develop innovative solutions in higher education to meet the industry’s research and workforce needs.

The network stems in part from Intel Corporation’s recent decision to build a cutting-edge chip manufacturing operation in Ohio and engage in broader national efforts to advance U.S. leadership in semiconductors and microelectronics. doing.

“This is not just one company coming to Ohio,” said Dr. Marcia J. Ballinger, president of Lorraine County Community College. It has become a comprehensive community college recognized nationally for its innovative workforce programs specializing in semiconductors, microelectromechanical systems, and microelectronic manufacturing.

“And our collaborative approach to this network, where each institution brings a unique niche strength within this global industry, ensures that we all capitalize on future potential.”

Joining LCCC in the new network are Case Western Reserve University, Columbus State Community College, Michigan State University, Ohio State University, Purdue University, Sinclair Community College, University of Cincinnati, University of Dayton, University of Michigan, University of Notre Dame and Wright State. University.

The presidents of each institution recently signed a memorandum of understanding to form this network. The network is open and expected to grow beyond its original institution.

Partner institutions leverage existing research, curriculum, and experiential learning assets in the region to foster domestic growth of strong semiconductor and microelectronics innovation and supply chain ecosystems

“In this era of rapid innovation and change, companies need people who are not only well-trained but also experienced,” Ballinger said. “Lorraine County Community College has emerged as a leader in partnering with local businesses to develop and embed hands-on learning and internship programs.

“And as the semiconductor industry takes root in Ohio and the supply chain expands, partnerships with industry will grow, and students in programs who have already achieved a 100% placement rate upon graduation will benefit. prize.”

LCCC also has academic network access to a 100,000 square foot education and training center that includes class 100, 1,000, and 10,000 clean rooms and is established with short-term training certificates, one-year certificates, associate degrees, and applied degrees. provide a structured curriculum. Degree Program in Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems and Smart Industrial Automation.

Initial activities of the network include:

• Develop a common, secure information-sharing platform to facilitate the identification of expertise, equipment, facilities, and curriculum programs of interest, and facilitate collaborative programming, research, and outreach initiatives across the network. increase.

• Encourage regional cooperation and facilitate workshops on opportunities to pursue funding to enhance regional capacity to support identified needs across the semiconductor and microelectronics ecosystem.

• Develop pilot mechanisms to connect existing research, facilities and curriculum/training assets across the region and optimize their use to address regional needs and opportunities.

“By connecting our efforts across the Midwest and working together to meet the workforce and innovation demands that will surely arise from progress within the semiconductor industry, we can scale our impact on our communities,” Ballinger said. ‘ said.