St. Petersburg College Prepares Students for High-Demand Jobs in the Semiconductor Industry
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., March 31, 2024 ~ St. Petersburg College, a leading educational institution in Florida, has announced a new collaboration with companies and CEOs in the semiconductor industry to design a curriculum that will provide job opportunities as a semiconductor technician. This partnership comes at a time when the demand for technology is rapidly increasing, leading to a surge in job opportunities in the semiconductor industry.

The importance of the semiconductor industry cannot be overstated, as it plays a crucial role in powering our daily lives through devices such as cell phones, biomedical equipment, cars, and even refrigerators. With this growing demand for technology, there is also an increasing need for skilled technicians who can work with these tiny but essential semiconductor chips.

To meet this demand, St. Petersburg College's Engineering, Manufacturing, and Building Arts programs offer short-term workforce training and certificate options that provide students with cutting-edge skills and hands-on training. These programs also offer industry certifications that are highly valued by employers.

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According to Jackie Skryd, DBA, Vice President of Workforce Development and Corporate Partnerships at St. Petersburg College, there is an urgent need for a highly skilled technician workforce that combines foundational skills with knowledge of Industry 4.0. This collaboration aims to bridge this gap by providing students with the necessary skills to excel in the semiconductor industry.

One of the key partners in this collaboration is Plasma-Therm, a semiconductor chip manufacturer based in St. Petersburg. The company has joined forces with St. Petersburg College's Workforce, Community & Corporate Partnerships team to develop a talent pipeline for technician-level employees. Plasma-Therm CEO Abdul Lateef has been actively involved in SPC's advisory committees and has even hired graduates from the college.

Lateef believes that it is essential to change the perception of manufacturing jobs as old-fashioned factory work and bring them into the spotlight as high-tech careers. He hopes that this partnership will help dispel these misconceptions and attract more individuals to pursue careers in the semiconductor industry.

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This collaboration not only addresses the critical need for skilled technicians in the semiconductor industry but also provides students with opportunities to earn higher wages and improve their lives. Skryd emphasizes the importance of partnerships with local industry leaders like Plasma-Therm in creating a strong pipeline of skilled and certified technicians in the semiconductor and advanced manufacturing sectors.

The curriculum developed by St. Petersburg College will offer progression pathways to advanced-level careers and high-wage jobs in the engineering technology field, catering to a range of employees from skilled technicians with certificates to engineering graduates with two- and four-year degrees. With this partnership, St. Petersburg College is paving the way for a brighter future for both its students and the semiconductor industry as a whole.
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