Driving Workforce Development: Eight Reasons that your Company Should Sponsor High Tech U
By Lisa Anderson, VP, SEMI Foundation
In 2012 the SEMI Foundation completed its first 10 years of introducing the world of high-tech careers and career pathways to thousands of high school students and their teachers through its innovative SEMI High Tech U program.
The Foundation ended the year with a record number of sponsors that provided support in a number of ways, including financial, use of facilities, and volunteer instructors. Because the non-profit Foundation relies on the generous support of sponsors to continue to expand the reach of SEMI High Tech U, more sponsors are needed. If your company is not already a sponsor, we invite you to join our growing group of supporters.
Here are eight reasons that a growing number of companies have chosen to become High Tech U sponsors over the past decade:
1. We Get Students Excited about High Tech Careers
In surveys over the years, 95% of High Tech U graduates have consistently agreed or strongly agreed that our program helped them gain a better understanding of how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are used to solve problems in the “real world.” Students report a renewed commitment to study hard and seek a future in high tech.
2 Our Curriculum Is Relevant — and Cool
High Tech U curriculum is designed and continuously updated by industry and education professionals to ensure that it remains cutting edge, and relevant. Our graduates consistently tell us we make high tech “cool”— that they love being in an industry setting, taking industry tours and being able to work with industry volunteers, and doing “hands-on” STEM activities that are fun and cool.
3. We’re Expanding our Reach, Helping to Build a Global High-Tech Workforce
We’re helping build a global
high-tech workforce. Since its inception, the Foundation has delivered 149 High Tech U programs to
nearly 5,000 secondary
school students and over 800
of their teachers in 12 U.S. states and seven countries: Australia, France,
Japan, Korea, Singapore, The Netherlands, and the United Arab Emirates (held in
4. We Maximize Resource Use
To expand the reach of our
High Tech U programs, we encourage sponsors to become licensees, taking responsibility
for presenting programs with minimal assistance from Foundation staff. Currently
Infineon, MATEC (Maricopa Advance Technology Education Center), Soitec, and STMicroelectronics
5. We Maximize Program Effectiveness by Staying In Touch With Students
We keep the High Tech U momentum going through periodic alumni reunions. By offering networking opportunities and continuing education activities at these events, we reinforce the importance of staying on the STEM track. We also refer students to internship opportunities in the industry.
6. Educators are Enthusiastic about SEMI High Tech U
High Tech U has been described by teachers as the perfect marriage between the work they do in their classrooms and preparing students to meet the needs of industry. To date over 800 teachers have attended High Tech U Teacher Edition, learning how to incorporate aspects of High Tech U curriculum in their teaching modules.
7. High Tech U Aligns with our Sponsors’ Community Outreach Goals
SEMI High Tech is viewed as an important program by a growing number of companies working in their local communities to help develop a high tech workforce. For some, the work of the SEMI Foundation helps support their company's mission and community service objectives. Others have a deep commitment to the idea of helping expand possibilities for young people. No matter what the reason, all agree that High Tech U is an important endeavor that deserves their continued support.
8. Our Base of Sponsors and Higher Education Partners Continues to Grow
From a handful of companies a decade ago including Applied Materials, Intel, Lam and Ultratech, we can now proudly say our base of sponsoring companies has grown to over 700. These sponsors provide support in a number of critical ways: financial; making facilities available for hosting High Tech U programs; and encouraging professional employees to serve as volunteer class instructors.
Our base of higher education partners also continues to grow, and in 2012 included Arizona State University Polytechnic ,Austin Community College, the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at Albany SUNY, Hudson Valley Community College (NY), Idaho State University, INPG (Grenoble, France), Lower Columbia College (WA), Portland Community College (OR), Maricopa Community College (AZ) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY), San Jose State University (CA), Seoul National University, Texas State University, University of Colorado Colorado Springs.
Please go to our website: http://www.semi.org/foundation to find out more about the Foundation and our High Tech U career exploration program.
May 7, 2013