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OCC provides update on the school’s Micron-related activity

By Eric Reinhardt (ereinhardt@cnybj.com)

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A banner for Micron Technology (NASDAQ: MU) welcomed visitors to Onondaga Community College’s Whitney Applied Technology Center in October 2023 for the announcement about the upcoming Micron cleanroom-simulation lab. OCC on Thursday provided an update of campus activity related to its relationship with Boise, Idaho–based Micron Technology (NASDAQ: MU), which has plans for a semiconductor campus in the town of Clay. (Eric Reinhardt / CNYBJ)

ONONDAGA, N.Y. — Onondaga Community College (OCC) says it’s working on a semiconductor summer program that would give students the chance to earn college credits in electromechanical technology.

The five-week long program would be for recent high school graduates or high school students entering 11th or 12th grades.

Details on the program were part of an update OCC issued Thursday focusing campus activities related to Micron Technology (NASDAQ: MU). The update followed the Wednesday evening announcement that Micron has reached a $6.1 billion preliminary memorandum of terms (PMT) funding agreement with the U.S. Department of Commerce under the federal CHIPS & Science Law for projects in both the town of Clay and in Idaho.

Besides the semiconductor summer program, construction is underway on the Micron cleanroom-simulation lab in OCC’s Whitney Applied Technology Center. The project is funded by $5 million each from Micron, Onondaga County, and New York State.

PAC General Contractors of Oswego is the general contractor on the project that was designed by Ashley McGraw Architects of Syracuse. Patricia Electric, Inc. of Salina is handling the electrical work, and OCC expects the cleanroom-simulation lab to be ready in 2025.

OCC also says its Micron-related electromechanical-technology degree program is now in its second semester. Ten OCC students have been selected for paid internships at Micron this summer. The school is also collaborating with area high schools on a plan to offer some electromechanical-technology courses in high schools beginning this fall.

In addition, during 2023, OCC hosted Micron-sponsored Girls Going Tech, Chip Camp, and Girls Going Tech Espanol. Similar events are being planned for 2024.

 

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