Oswego County P-TECH Meets with Micron
Oswego County P-TECH students and staff recently met with representatives from Micron Technology, Inc. to discuss opportunities for collaboration.
During the meeting, Micron representatives explained the mission of the organization, how a microchip is in every car made since 1950 and in every cell phone and the economic impact in terms of employment for Central New York that’s coming.
“Any student who wants to learn and be a part of the semiconductor industry could have a career at Micron,” said Micron Director of U.S. Federal Government and Public Affairs Bo Machayo. “Part of our role is to make sure students like yourselves know these jobs will be available.”
Machayo indicated that there will be jobs both in mechanical and electrical engineering, which are the track choice options of the Oswego County P-TECH program; in addition to engineering jobs, approximately 60% of the workforce will be technicians.
Micron is one of the world’s largest semiconductor companies and the only U.S.-based manufacturer of memory who plans to invest up to $100 billion over the next 20-plus years to build a leading-edge memory megafab. The project is set to create an estimated 50,000 jobs. According to a press release from Micron, the organization will be investing in local education programs in support of STEM education in K-12, empowering youth to pursue careers in STEM.
“The success of the P-TECH program and other career development programs throughout the county is rooted in the strong support and engagement from our local industry,” said Oswego County P-TECH Principal Brian Heffron. “Micron’s meeting with our students cemented my belief that their team understands that an investment in Oswego County students is an investment in Oswego County communities. Our students are excited about this partnership with Micron and the opportunities that it will bring in further supporting their pathway towards a rewarding career in the field of STEM.”
The Oswego County P-TECH program enrolls students in ninth grade for a five- or six-year timeframe that will ultimately lead to a Regents Diploma as well as an associate’s degree in Applied Science from Onondaga Community College at no cost; students can either focus in mechanical or electrical technology.
To learn more about the Oswego County P-TECH program, visit CiTiboces.org/PTECH. To Learn more about Micron Technology, Inc., visit micron.com.