Brown: CHIPS Act Enables Intel to Invest $17.7 Million in Ohio Higher Education – The Tribune

Brown: CHIPS Act Allows Intel to Invest $17.7 Million in Ohio Higher Education

Posted at 12:00 p.m. Sunday, September 18, 2022

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, welcomed the first phase of Intel’s $17.7 million investment in higher education in Ohio.

In March, Intel announced a $100 million investment in higher education initiatives in Ohio that would
for the benefit of the semiconductor industry.

Intel’s announcement is in partnership with the US National Science Foundation, which will provide an additional $50 million in national research grants that will be available to Ohio institutions.

Friday’s announcement followed Intel breaking ground on its $20 billion semiconductor plant in New Albany, which is expected to create more than 10,000 jobs.

Brown’s office said he worked with local and state leaders and other members of Ohio’s congressional delegation to ensure Intel chose Ohio for what would be its most advanced manufacturing facility in the world.

This project will help reverse decades of offshore American manufacturing. Currently, 75 percent of the chip manufacturing capacity is in Asian countries, mainly Taiwan, South Korea, Japan and China – but with this facility, chips will become a major Ohio export.

“We need to do more things in America — and there’s no better place than in Ohio, with Ohio workers,” Brown said.

“This investment will help make Ohio a center for semiconductor innovation. We cannot allow China and other foreign competitors to lead us in this critical industry,” he said. “We already know that Intel’s record investment in Ohio will mean more than 10,000 new, good-paying jobs, and this added investment in higher education will help ensure that Ohioans are responsible for burying the term ‘Rust Belt.’ .”

Each recipient project has a different scope and different levels of funding, which vary between 1.1 million and 3.5 million dollars over 3 years.

Projects include:

• Ohio-Southwest Semiconductor and Integrated Scalable Manufacturing Alliance for collaboration among 15 institutions with a focus on developing entry-level technicians and engineers.

Programs range from rapid technician certification to advanced device fabrication design.

• Intel Semiconductor Education Program at Central State University a collaboration between five HBCU-led schools to develop diverse entry-level technicians and engineers and focus on adding semiconductor courses to existing manufacturing and computer science programs.

• Ohio Semiconductor Cooperative Network for 23 community and technical colleges with a focus on training technicians to add semiconductor-specific courses and equipment to existing advanced manufacturing programs.

• Semiconductor Career Pathways for 14 institutions in Northeast Ohio with a range of programs for fab technicians, junior engineers and manufacturing graduates.

• Ohio TechNet Northeast Ohio Semiconductor Workforce Consortium for 11 Northeast Ohio institutions with earn and learn models for entry-level technicians and engineers. Training in manufacturing, equipment handling, robotics, cyber security and data analysis.

• Appalachian Semiconductor Education & Technical Ecosystem for 14 institutions in the Appalachian region with a range of programs to develop technicians, junior engineers and graduates in needed research fields.

• Center for Advanced Research and Education in Semiconductor Manufacturing – for a collaboration among 10 universities focused on research to advance semiconductor manufacturing for next-generation device technologies.

• The Ohio Partnership for a Diverse and Inclusive Semiconductor Ecosystem and Collaborative Workforce across 18 institutions with a range of programs (including A/R & V/R) fab technicians, entry-level engineers, and advanced manufacturing graduates.

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