Community colleges across 19 states have taken advantage of CHIPS Act funds to start or expand programs, according to the White House.
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- Dozens of community colleges across the U.S. are ramping up programs to train semiconductor technicians.
- Arizona, Ohio, and Texas are among the states to have made the most investment.
- These new or expanded programs come as the U.S. continues to invest in semiconductor manufacturing.
- The CHIPS Act, passed in August 2022, has spurred further research and development.
Semiconductors are America’s new growth industry, and 54 community colleges across 19 states have taken advantage of new investments to create or expand programs in the industry.
Congress passed the CHIPS Act in August 2022, marking a nearly $53 billion investment in U.S. semiconductor education, research, and manufacturing. A year later, two-year colleges have made their own investments in educating a new line of semiconductor technicians, as many jobs in the semiconductor space do not require a four-year degree.
A White House spokesperson shared with BestColleges a list of community colleges that have announced expanded or new programming to support opportunities in the semiconductor industry since August 2022:
Community College Semiconductor Programs
- Chandler-Gilbert Community College
- Estrella Mountain Community College
- GateWay Community College
- Glendale Community College
- Mesa Community College
- Paradise Valley Community College
- Phoenix College
- Rio Salado College
- Scottsdale Community College
- South Mountain Community College
- Pima Community College
- Foothill College
- Southwestern College
- Pasadena City College
- Santa Barbara City College
- Pikes Peak Community College
- Georgia Piedmont Technical College
- Ivy Tech Community College
- Flint Hills Technical College
- Allen County Community College
- Delta College
- Lansing Community College
- Washtenaw Community College
- Normandale Community College
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- Sussex County Community College
- New York
- Onondaga Community College
- Mohawk Valley Community College
- Hudson Valley Community College
- North Carolina
- Central Carolina Community College
- Durham Technical College
- Columbus State Community College
- Zane State College
- Clark State College
- North Central State College
- Central Ohio Technical College
- Marion Technical College
- Lorain County Community College
- Edison State Community College
- Cincinnati State Community College
- Mount Hood Community College
- Portland Community College
- Austin Community College
- North Central Texas College
- Dallas College
- Grayson College
- Texas State Technical College
- Collin College
- Northern Virginia Community College
- Tidewater Community College
- Germanna Community College
Community colleges will likely continue to be a focal point in the push to add semiconductor jobs.
Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo stressed the importance of these institutions during a congressional hearing in September centered on semiconductor manufacturing and research.
“The workforce is something that I worry about,” Raimondo said. “There is a need for the industry to have 100,000 semiconductor technicians. That number is going to go up to about 300,000 pretty quickly. Technicians don’t need a four-year college degree. The community college is a perfect training ground.”
The U.S. Department of Commerce recently announced the incoming board of trustees that will oversee the National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC). The department describes the NSTC as the core research and development component of its CHIPS for America program.
“The NSTC is going to supercharge chip technology and innovation ecosystems across the country so that cutting-edge developments in semiconductor design and manufacturing happen here in the U.S.,” Raimondo said in a statement.
Intel, a leader in semiconductor manufacturing and research, partnered with community colleges in Ohio as it builds new semiconductor plants in the state. Intel plans to invest roughly $100 million over the next 10 years to train workers in partnerships with colleges and universities in Ohio, BestColleges previously reported.
According to Columbus State Community College, most of Intel’s incoming semiconductor jobs only require an associate degree.