SEMI High Tech U Debuts in France to Great Success

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SEMI High Tech U Debuts in France to Great Success

The SEMI High Tech U for secondary school students recently expanded its international reach with a program in Crolles, France, from March 27–29. The acclaimed program encourages students to stay in school, take math, science and technology courses, and pursue careers in the microelectronics industry.

As the first HTU in Europe, the program was hosted by Soitec, STMicroelectronics and the Grenoble Institute of Technology (INP Grenoble). It offered many students their first exposure to the process of manufacturing semiconductors and also presented current high-tech career opportunities in the field. The Crolles program attracted approximately 40 students from the Lycee du Gresivaudan and Lycee Mournier secondary schools.

Mike Thompson, group vice president and general manager of STMicroelectronics, explained his company’s support for High Tech U, saying, “We are committed to endeavors that promote science and technology education, and our company offers many opportunities to new generations of technicians and engineers interested in innovation. High Tech U will help prepare students for exciting careers at STMicroelectronics and other high tech companies.”

“High Tech U” has introduced thousands of secondary students in the U.S. to the many exciting career possibilities in our industry,” said André-Jacques Auberton-Hervé, president, CEO, and chairman, Soitec, and SEMI board member. “By bringing this innovative program to France, we are helping to build our high tech workforce of tomorrow.”

Separately, the first HTU program in Japan was held March 26–27 in Kumamoto, with 32 students attending and 10 SEMI members as sponsors.

Each HTU program features a rich three-day curriculum that included numerous hands-on experiments demonstrating real-world semiconductor manufacturing concepts and discussions of microchip logic. With the international expansion the program will introduce many new students to math, science and technology-related courses. In 2007 the three-year old program is expected to reach the milestone of over 30,000 students.

For more information on HTU, or to host, sponsor or volunteer for a program, companies may visit, or they may call 1.408.943.7860.