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John Carroll University is among 13 collaborating Ohio colleges and universities whose semiconductor research and education will be part of the Intel Semiconductor Education and Research Program for Ohio. The grant recipients were announced Friday, Sept. 9, as part of Intel’s groundbreaking ceremony for its leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing plant in New Albany, Ohio. President Joe Biden, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, and state and local officials participated in the event.


Overall, the program provides seven large collaborative grants led by other large institutions across Ohio. These institutions will develop innovative solutions to best support Intel coming to Ohio to further the advanced semiconductor and microelectronics industry and address the industry’s workforce needs. 


From computers and cellphones, cars, bank ATMs and more, semiconductors and other microelectronics are central to the operations of the items that fuel daily living in the United States.


John Carroll’s partnership in the program is led by Kent State, which plans to scale existing educational opportunities, develop new experiential curricula, and establish or refine pathways for learners seeking to enter, reskill or upskill in areas relevant to semiconductor fabrication.

Jeff Dyck

Professor Dyck Working with Physics Students

“What this opportunity brings to JCU primarily focuses on multiple student experiential learning opportunities related to semiconductor manufacturing via a summer institute, hybrid immersive experiences, internships, and building virtual reality experiences to supplement and scale the work,” said Jeff Dyck, Ph.D, a professor in the John Carroll University department of physics. “In addition, the program aims to forge better curricular pathways and alignment between JCU and 2-year technical programs at KSU and/or local community colleges, and partner faculty will engage in curriculum development to support the new educational learning opportunities.”


Partner institutions (listed below) will leverage existing research, curricular and experiential learning assets, capabilities, and expertise within the region and grow the collective capacity to support the domestic growth of robust semiconductor and microelectronics innovation and supply chain ecosystems.


·   Baldwin Wallace University

·   Cuyahoga Community College

·   Hiram College

·   John Carroll University

·   Kent State University

·   Lake Erie College

·   Lakeland Community College

·   Lorain County Community College

·   Malone University

·   Mount Vernon Nazarene University

·   Muskingum University

·   Notre Dame College

·   Walsh University

·   Wilberforce University


“Intel is excited to be in Ohio, the new Silicon Heartland and home to what will be one of our most sophisticated semiconductor manufacturing plants in the world,” said Jim Evers, Intel Vice President, and Ohio General Manager. “Higher education plays a key role in the future success of our industry. We’re proud to support these institutions from every corner of the state as they work to build the workforce of tomorrow.”   


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