Help Develop the High-Tech Workforce—Be a SEMI Foundation Sponsor

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Help Develop the High-Tech Workforce—Be a SEMI Foundation Sponsor

In October, the SEMI Foundation launched its 2008 giving campaign at the SEMI International Trade Partners Conference (ITPC). ITPC created an early opportunity for companies and individuals to help the Foundation continue its highly successful SEMI® High Tech U™ program, an industry-driven math and science-based career exploration program for high school students and teachers.

With the support of numerous companies and organizations—including Air Products, AMI Semiconductor, Applied Materials, ASML, Hermes-Epitek, Intel, Lam Research, Salt River Project, SIA and STMicroelectronics—the program has reached over 2,000 students and 400 of their teachers in France, Japan, Singapore and the U.S. High Tech U graduates consistently report that they are highly influenced in making career choices as a result of the program.

“We are extremely gratified by the level of support from SEMI member companies, device manufacturers, and individuals,” said Lisa Anderson, vice president of the SEMI Foundation. “Together we’re helping develop tomorrow’s high-tech workforce.”

More Sponsors Needed to Fund 2008 Plans

In 2008, the Foundation will present over 25 SEMI High Tech U programs in Asia, Europe and the U.S. Not surprisingly, an ambitious schedule requires significant financial and in-kind support. Unlike most foundations, the SEMI Foundation does not have a trust that helps generate annual operating funds. The Foundation depends on annual financial donations from companies and individuals to deliver programs. The projected 2008 budget is approximately $500,000. To continue opening the world of high-tech careers to young people around the world, the Foundation needs more financial sponsors, both new and sustaining. “The SEMI Foundation needs a broad base of financial support from the SEMI membership—including member companies that cannot directly participate in the presentation of a High Tech U program,” said Anderson. “As an industry, we all benefit from the work of the Foundation.”

Why Sponsor High Tech U?

The benefits derived from supporting the SEMI Foundation are many:

  • You help build tomorrow’s high-tech workforce. A growing number of companies view SEMI High Tech U as an important program in local communities to help develop a high-tech workforce. Many sponsors also view the program as a way to help meet their company’s corporate mission and community service objectives.
  • Your support generates positive visibility for your company. Sponsors receive positive visibility in SEMI Foundation materials including the Foundation’s Annual Report, SEMI Global Updates, and press materials.
  • In the U.S., contributions are tax-deductible, and your support helps SEMI public policy advocacy efforts. Because the SEMI Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, all financial contributions are tax-deductible in the U.S. Also, when SEMI advocates industry positions on workforce development issues, High Tech U is cited as an example of an important industry workforce-development initiative.

Donate Money, Stock, or Space

Donations by companies and individuals are needed to support curriculum development, fund scholarships awarded at each High Tech U program, and finance our efforts to stay in touch with graduates and keep them motivated through reunions, special tours, ambassador programs and other activities. One innovative, low-impact way to support the work of the Foundation is donation of corporate stock.

Apart from financial support, every High Tech U program requires classroom space, volunteer teachers, and food service assistance. Hosting is an important way to support the Foundation’s work with minimal cost and impact on corporate work routine.

For more information, or to become a sponsor of SEMI High Tech U programs, please contact Lisa Anderson, vice president, SEMI Foundation, 1.408.943.6918,—or visit