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Volume 1, Number 3 Partners for Program Development
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Across the country schools are taking steps to begin offering programs in Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology. As part of that process MATEC collaborates with the industry consortia SEMATECH and the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) to provide a variety of services that include program assessment. Schools are first invited to complete a self-assessment instrument which provides information on current course offerings and laboratory facilities. A half-day site visit follows led by Fred Schuneman, Director of Professional and Technical Education, Pierce College, WA. Fred, with MATEC staff and industry representatives, discusses the feasibility of establishing a SMT program with college faculty and administrators. An evaluation is written and forwarded to the participants. More than 30 schools across the country have participated in the assessment process to date. Most recently, seven schools in New York, and four in the Silicon Valley area joined in the process and will announce offerings of SMT related programs beginning this fall. Orange Community College in New York and Joint Venture Silicon Valley were the sponsoring organizations for the collaboratives. The high level of industry participation and commitment of the school administration at the president’s level allows the colleges to move quickly to increase the capacity for highly skilled SMT graduates across the country.

If your organization is interested in participating in the assessment and evaluation process (there is no fee), contact MATEC at matec@maricopa.edu