Zane State College to serve as partner institution in Appalachian Semiconductor Education and Technical (ASCENT) Ecosystem through Intel grant funding
Zane State College joins coalition that will collaborate to create pathways for increased student learning, workforce development in support of state’s growing semiconductor industry
(Zanesville, OH) — Zane State College will serve as a partner institution in the Appalachian Semiconductor Education and Technical (ASCENT) Ecosystem through grant funding awarded by Intel to lead institution Ohio University. The ASCENT program will create an inclusive workforce development and training program to cultivate the next generation of skilled technical professionals for Ohio’s emerging semiconductor industry.
The funding is part of the Intel ®Semiconductor Education and Research Program for Ohio that was announced today in conjunction with Intel’s groundbreaking ceremony for its leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing plant in New Albany, Ohio.
Over the next three years, ASCENT will collaboratively develop and deliver diverse educational options across the region, including stackable certificates, associate degrees, bachelor’s and graduate degrees that prepare students for career opportunities created by Intel’s arrival to Ohio.
“Zane State College is thrilled to be a part of this transformational work and ready to collaborate with Ohio University and our other Appalachian partner institutions. Through our combined efforts to level-set semiconductor manufacturing education programs across the region by documenting, aligning, and strengthening educational pathways, the ASCENT program will allow us to expand STEM education and produce a pipeline of the skilled and talented workforce needed for the future,” Zane State College President Chad Brown said.
The ASCENT program will be led by Ohio University and comprised of a broad coalition of eight other institutions, colleges and technical centers across the southeastern Appalachian region of Ohio. Each will play a vital role in the visualization, delivery and programming of the overall ASCENT Ecosystem.
Eight proposals were selected from leading Ohio institutions, including Ohio University. Each proposal includes collaborative efforts with other higher education institutions, representing more than 80 institutions across the state of Ohio. In total, the eight leading Ohio institutions will receive $17.7 million in funding over a three-year period.
Intel expects this first iteration of the program to produce nearly 9,000 graduates for the industry and provide more than 2,300 scholarships over three years helping diversify the talent pipeline.
“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.”
Intel’s Semiconductor Education and Research Program for Ohio was announced in March as part of the company’s pledge to invest $100 million in education and research collaborations with universities, community colleges and technical educators in Ohio and across the U.S. The program is designed to help build a pipeline of talent and bolster research programs. Of its $100 million investment, Intel designated $50 million specifically to Ohio colleges and universities.
About Zane State College
Zane State College, established in 1969, values people through our commitment to quality, equity, and stewardship. Zane State College has 30 programs that lead to an associate degree, and an Electrical Engineering Technology Bachelor’s degree. We have seven degrees fully online, industry centered short-term IT training, selective health programs, and more. Students wishing to earn a bachelor’s degree can also receive an affordable start at Zane State College through our transfer degrees. As a comprehensive community college, you can reduce your bachelor’s degree costs through 2+2 and 3 +1 transfer options to a wide selection of public and private universities.
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September 9, 2022 Announcement