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How Cayuga Community College brought Micron rep to Auburn, Fulton campuses

Cayuga County will likely benefit from Micron’s plan to invest $100 billion over 20 years to build a massive semiconductor chip manufacturing facility in neighboring Onondaga County.

One way Cayuga County could play a role in the project is by providing some of the 9,000 workers Micron will hire, plus an additional 40,000-plus jobs in supporting industries.

A Micron representative is visiting Cayuga Community College campuses in Auburn and Fulton this week for information sessions. The purpose of these events is to inform students about internship opportunities with Micron.

Andrew Poole, a spokesperson for Cayuga Community College, told The Citizen/ the college connected with Micron through the Future-Ready Workforce Innovation Consortium. The consortium is comprised of more than 40 organizations, including community colleges and universities, and aims to recruit and train people to work at Micron and other industries in central New York.

“Micron’s recruiting trip is one of many steps by the company to connect students enrolled in programs aligned with Micron’s workforce needs with future job opportunities,” Poole said. “These steps include the traditional approach of training and recruiting students from STEM programs, but Micron is also building the talent pipeline in innovative ways from non-linear pathways that address systemic barriers in entering the workforce.

He continued, “Micron is committed to expanding the workforce and making these careers accessible, particularly for individuals in underrepresented and rural communities.”

Micron announced in October 2022 that it would build the manufacturing facility in the town of Clay. The company’s decision followed President Joe Biden’s signing of the CHIPS and Science Act, a law that will boost domestic semiconductor manufacturing. The legislation was backed by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and former U.S. Rep. John Katko, whose district included Cayuga and Onondaga counties.

Micron has applied for CHIPS and Science Act funding, but it will compete with other projects for federal monies.

The construction of the chipfab will take years. Crews won’t break ground until 2024, but production won’t begin at the site for another few years.

In the meantime, colleges are offering programs to build the necessary workforce for Micron and supply-chain businesses. Poole noted Cayuga Community College has “diverse degree and certificate programs,” including electrical technology, mechanical technology, a certificate in industrial maintenance and non-degree workforce development programs, for students wanting to work in advanced manufacturing.

“Cayuga is excited at the widespread community and economic impact Micron will have on central New York, and is particularly enthusiastic about potential long-term careers for community college students at Micron,” Poole said. “Cayuga is eager to continue working with Micron and looks forward to continuing to build our partnership in the years ahead.”

The article originally appeared in The Citizen and is re-published here with permission

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