The Northeast Advanced Technology and Education Center (NEATEC) is an ATE Regional Center funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Our long-term goal of this planned proposal will be to establish the Tech Valley ATE Center for Semiconductor and Nanotechnology Workforce Development.
NEATEC will serve as a critical, sustainable resource to create and maintain a skilled technical workforce for the semiconductor and nanotechnology industries in New York State and Western New England. Through an extensive network of community college, university, and industry partners, NEATEC will identify the essential technician competencies and skills required by such a workforce. NEATEC will develop curricular components and delivery methods to impart those skills to students. NEATEC will also create and disseminate educational materials to support curricula implementation at its community college and high school partners, and provide professional development activities for high school and community college faculty. Lastly, through partner internships, co-ops, shadowing opportunities and outreach activities, NEATEC will educate current and future students regarding technological career pathways and expand the pipeline of K-12 students interested in semiconductor and nanotechnology career options.