CENTRAL NEW YORK — Much of the coverage of Micron Technology’s $100 billion investment in a semiconductor megafab in the town of Clay has focused on the 50,000 jobs the project will bring to the center of New York over the next 20 years. But the company is also planting the seeds of CNY’s future workforce by investing in education and community.
Micron revealed more details about its plans to partner with K-12 schools, colleges and the region’s large veteran population during an Oct. 27 event at Onondaga Community College with President Joe Biden. .
“We have our work cut out for us. The turnaround time is long,” April Arnzen, Micron’s senior vice president and chief human resources officer, told Eagle Newspapers.
Over the next 10 years, Micron and Onondaga County will invest $10 million to build a clean room at OCC.
“This investment will provide students with access to advanced manufacturing methods and equipment to prepare them for technician and engineering roles within Micron’s manufacturing facility,” reads a statement from Micron. Micron.
Arnzen said collaborations with area colleges and universities — Syracuse University, SUNY Network, Cornell, Clarkson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Rochester Institute of Technology — will allow engineering programs to adapt their programs to the needs of the semiconductor industry as the chip factory is built over the next two decades. Micron already has a partnership with RIT.
“We can evolve,” she said.
Micron looks beyond traditional educational paths to grow its employee base.
“We need to partner with community colleges to develop pipelines for people who might not go to a four-year school,” Arnzen said.
Micron plans to set up training centers to recruit and train employees from different socio-economic, racial and cultural backgrounds.
Syracuse University and Micron will partner to create workforce development programs at SU’s D’Aniello Institute of Veteran and Military Families (IVMF). Arnzen said CNY has a “rich veteran community.”
“It’s a very smooth transition between our roles and what they’re learning in the military,” Arnzen said.
Micron’s goal is to hire at least 1,500 veterans over the next 20 years. The company announced its first intern hire on Oct. 27: Savion Pollard, an SU electrical engineering student and Navy veteran.
Construction of the Clay facility is expected to begin in 2024, generating 5,000 construction jobs. Micron is committed to directing 30% of construction expenditures to New York State-certified minority/women-owned businesses and businesses owned by veterans with disabilities. The company is urging its contractors to hire through Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh’s Syracuse Build initiative, a workforce development program that offers area residents a path to a career in construction .
Micron doesn’t just invest in higher education and employee programs. The company is also committed to funding early childhood and K-12 programs.
“It’s always been key for us,” Arnzen said.
Micron will invest $500,000 in child care and early childhood education programs at the Central New York YMCA. The company also announced a $500,000 sponsorship of the Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), which will fund an interactive semiconductor exhibit and STEM camps.
Over the next decade, Micron will invest $10 million in the Syracuse STEAM school, which brings together the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, art and math.
“The regional facility will provide unparalleled opportunities in emerging technologies and the arts to students from diverse socio-economic, racial and geographic backgrounds. This investment will serve as a catalyst for future private developments and collaboration in the region,” reads a statement from Micron.
Micron’s K-12 programs are designed to “reach historically marginalized students and reduce barriers to future STEM careers.” One such program is Micron’s Chip Camps, which gives junior high school students an introduction to semiconductors and other STEM topics. Chip Camps are held across the country, Arnzen said.
These programs will be available to students from all corners of Onondaga County, Arnzen said, through Micron’s own outreach as well as partnerships with the YMCA and other organizations.
Liverpool Central School District Superintendent Daniel Henner applauded Micron’s commitment to K-12 education.
“The addition of Micron to the Central New York community will provide the Liverpool Central School District, as well as districts across the region, with many educational opportunities for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Programs such as Chip Camp, Girls Going Tech and Careers in a High-Tech World will enhance Liverpool’s new career pathways which will prepare our students for their future careers. We look forward to working with Micron for years to come,” said Henner.
Community and Culture
While White Pine Commerce Park is strategically located near a National Grid substation, Syracuse Hancock International Airport and major highways, Arnzen pointed to community culture as what sealed the deal for Micron.
“Collaboration, partnership and tenacity in meeting difficult challenges – these values are so similar to those we have in our business,” she said.
Leaders at the municipal, state and federal levels have been very eager to work with Micron, Arnzen said. New York State and Onondaga County lured Micron with a host of tax credits, grants, and other incentives. In return, Micron must deliver on its promises to create jobs, power its plant with 100% renewable energy, and sign the community investment framework. This deal includes the creation of a $500 million Green CHIPS community investment fund. Micron is contributing $250 million to this fund, with New York State and other government partners contributing the rest.
Arnzen said she understands the skepticism of some concerned New Yorkers in the center, who have expressed concerns about traffic, increased demands on the education and healthcare systems and environmental issues. Micron plans to hold quarterly town halls so area residents can share their concerns and needs, and the company is committed to working with local and state government to address infrastructure challenges. and other issues.
“I would have the same questions and concerns [if I were them],” she said. “We will have an impact in this community. They will hear what we have to say, but more importantly, they will see our actions.
To watch remarks from Micron CEO Sanjay Mehrotra, President Joe Biden and others at the October 27 OCC event, visit micron.com/ny.