"Kent State is ideally situated to lead a collaborative program as a part of the Intel Semiconductor Education and Research Program. We are particularly motivated, as the aims of the Intel Program tie directly to our mission to transform lives and communities through the power of discovery, learning and creative expression in an inclusive environment."
- Peggy Shadduck, Ph.D.
VP, Regional Campuses & Dean, CATS


PATHWAYS TO SEMICONDUCTOR CAREERS

Kent State University, in response to a request from Intel®, will lead a network that includes 13 other Ohio higher education institutions now poised to prepare the workforce to make the small electronic devices that play a large role in our everyday lives. The plan is part of the company's Ohio Semiconductor Education and Research Program.

The College of Applied and Technical Studies (CATS) is the proud home to Kent State University’s associate degrees. As the university enters into its partnership with Intel, a multinational technology corporation now in Ohio, readying the workforce with a world-class education is key. In fact, 2,100 of the 3,000 jobs Intel brings to our state require the two-year degree you can earn at a Kent State Regional Campus near you.

Working with our academic program leaders throughout Kent State University and our 13 other partner institutions throughout Northeast Ohio, we are united in meeting the educational needs of a diverse 21st century workforce that is prepared for good-paying jobs that propel the future.

“We plan to scale existing educational opportunities, develop new experiential curricula, and establish or refine pathways for learners seeking to enter, reskill, or upskill in areas relevant to semiconductor fabrication,” said Dr. Peggy Shadduck, Kent State’s vice president for Regional Campuses and dean of the College of Applied and Technical Studies, who served as Kent State’s lead principal investigator on the grant titled Pathways to Semiconductor Careers. “These strengths can be amplified through collaboration with our 13 partners to address the immediate and future workforce needs of Intel and its suppliers.” 

 
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PARTNER INSTITUTIONS

Kent State is one of seven institutions leading a series of state-wide projects intended for Ohio colleges and universities to help address workforce shortages and technical challenges in semiconductor manufacturing as well as develop new chipmaking capabilities:

Pathways to a Semiconductor Career Partner Schools

Part of the Intel Plan proposals will fund Pathways to a Semiconductor Career. Based out of Kent State University and at the Regional Campuses, these Northeast Ohio schools will expand facilities equipment and use virtual reality and augmented reality learning experiences in a range of programs for fab technicians, entry-level engineers and advanced degrees in manufacturing. Partnering institutions include:

  • Baldwin Wallace University
  • Cuyahoga Community College
  • Hiram College
  • John Carroll University
  • Kent State University
  • Kent State Ashtabula
  • Kent State East Liverpool
  • Kent State Geauga
  • Kent State Salem
  • Kent State Stark
  • Kent State Trumbull
  • Kent State Tuscarawas
  • Lake Erie College
  • Lakeland Community College
  • Lorain County Community College
  • Malone University
  • Mount Vernon Nazarene University
  • Muskingum University
  • Notre Dame College
  • Walsh University
  • Wilberforce University
Kent State Network

Kent State’s ABET-accredited associate degree program in electrical/electronic engineering technology directly aligns with Intel’s major workforce needs. Several other technology-based programs via Kent State and partner institutions directly align. Leveraging the strength of the partner network and Kent State’s own engineering bachelor’s and master’s degrees, a full complement of educational opportunities will be available to learners throughout Ohio. 

Joining the Kent State network are:

  • Baldwin Wallace University
  • Cuyahoga Community College
  • Hiram College
  • John Carroll University
  • Lake Erie College
  • Lakeland Community College
  • Lorain County Community College
  • Malone University
  • Mount Vernon Nazarene University
  • Muskingum University
  • Notre Dame College
  • Walsh University
  • Wilberforce University

Partner institutions will leverage existing research, curricular and experiential learning assets, capabilities and expertise within the region and grow the collective capacity to support the domestic growth of robust semiconductor and microelectronics innovation and supply chain ecosystems. 

Kent State is also part of the Ohio TechNet Northeast Ohio Semiconductor Workforce Consortium (OTN-NEO) led by Lorain County Community College.

Contact

College of Applied & Technical Studies
330-672-2251
cats@kent.edu