This Week in Small: CHIPS Act and Semiconductor Technician Training

As many of you know, the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 is in motion with proposals being requested by the Department of Commerce from industry and educational institutions. A few of us joined an American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) webinar today (Monday, May 22) and learned a ton about how community colleges can be involved in raising up our next generation of technicians.

“The CHIPS Act provided approximately $50 billion to spur domestic fabrication of semiconductors and research and development in this cutting-edge field. The Dept. of Commerce, through the CHIPS for America Program Office at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, is overseeing the distribution of these funds. Grant applications from chip manufacturers and others must include a detailed workforce development plan, spurring partnerships between businesses and workforce education providers at the local, state and regional levels. Workforce development is also a vital component of the supported R&D activities. This free webinar provided the information about this opportunity directly from CHIPS for America Program Office officials.”

–American Association of Community Colleges website

If you are interested, you can watch the CHIPS for America AACC Briefing recording on Vimeo.

Also, here is the original AACC webinar invite page which is where the quote above comes from.

Webinar/Panelist info:

  • Rachel Lipson, Senior Policy Advisor, CHIPS for America, U.S. Dept. of Commerce
  • Kylie Patterson, Senior Advisor for Opportunity and Inclusion, CHIPS for America, U.S. Dept. of Commerce
  • Rodney Peterson, R&D Education and Workforce Advisor, CHIPS for America, U.S. Dept. of Commerce
  • Moderator: Jim Hermes, Associate Vice President, Government Relations, AACC

Fact: Did you know that AACC represents more than 1,000 2-year, associate degree-granting institutions and nearly 12 million students.