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State Of Michigan Semiconductor Career & Apprenticeship Network Program ‘Aimed At Creating Good Paying Jobs’

Published Tuesday, June 7, 2022
by Governor Whitmer’s Press Office
State Of Michigan Semiconductor Career & Apprenticeship Network Program ‘Aimed At Creating Good Paying Jobs’

(LANSING, MICHIGAN) – Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently joined with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to announce Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) approval of support for a new Semiconductor Technician Apprenticeship Program intended to strengthen the pipeline of the Semiconductor Workforce.

MSF also approved $1.5 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Coronavirus, Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) funds grant that will be used to plan and develop the program.

“As global demand for semiconductors continues to grow, Michigan is poised to be at the center of semiconductor and battery manufacturing and R&D efforts nationwide,” Whitmer said. “Michigan is one of only three states that will be launching planning work to define curricula to support employers in the Semiconductor Industry.  With this new Apprenticeship Program, along with our global manufacturing and automotive R&D leadership, we are leading the charge in addressing the universal industry demand for semiconductors while creating good-paying jobs for Michiganders.”

The Semiconductor Career and Apprenticeship Network (SCAN) Program grant will provide $1.5 million in CDBG-CARES funding to the SEMI Foundation, an arm of the global Microelectronics Industry Association SEMI.

The SEMI Foundation’s mission is to support economic opportunity for Workers and the sustained growth of the Microelectronics Industry by creating pathways and opportunities for job seekers, and tools and systems for semiconductor companies to attract, develop and retain a diverse, innovative and skilled workforce.

“SCAN is a critical program that will provide economic opportunity and mobility to Michigan residents and support the health of the Microelectronics Industry by addressing its significant workforce challenges,” SEMI Foundation Executive Director Shari Liss said. “We are thrilled to launch this important work in partnership with the strong Workforce Development Organizations and ecosystem within Michigan.”

The SEMI Foundation will provide the planning and development of the SCAN Program in two phases: Phase 1 will focus on the workforce ecosystem by engaging key microelectronics employer partners, end users in the auto and manufacturing space, educational partners and key workforce development partners; Phase 2 will focus on customization through conducting extensive discovery and focus groups with employers to confirm job roles, skills and competencies needed to successfully build and diversify a robust and knowledgeable incoming workforce.

Michigan’s ability to support the Semiconductor Industry extends from its deep knowledge as a customer of the sector, as the global epicenter of the Automotive Industry.

Michigan is home to nearly one-fifth of U.S. auto production - more than any other State in the Nation - and has the greatest concentration of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) in the country, with 26 having headquarters or technology centers in the State.

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