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DDN: Central State, Wright State among winners in Intel workforce grants

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Excerpt from the Dayton Daily News

Central State University is a big winner in a $17.7 million, three-year investment that Intel is making to train the workforce the semiconductor company needs as they break ground on a new factory in Licking County.

For this first phase, Intel partnered with seven leader institutions: Central State University, University of Cincinnati, Columbus State Community College, Kent State University, Lorain County Community College, Ohio University and Ohio State University. The leader institutions are working with other institutions, generally in the same region, on individual projects.

Other local colleges will benefit, too. Wright State will collaborate with Central State University to help it build a semiconductor educational program and a microelectronics lab and provide experiential learning opportunities for students, WSU said. WSU will get $40,000 for the first year of the project, and the other two years are contingent on performance.

WSU is one of four southwest Ohio universities working on building a workforce training program and knowledge base for the semiconductor industry. The alliance is led by the University of Cincinnati.

Wright State spokesman Seth Bauguess said WSU will get $210,000 for the first year of the UC-lead grant, with the next two years of funding contingent upon performance.

“The grants will provide us with resources needed to fine-tune our curriculum to meet the needs of Ohio’s growing semiconductor industry,” said Ivan Medvedev, WSU associate professor and interim chair of the Department of Physics.