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Competency-Based Apprenticeship Program

The SEMI Apprenticeship programs is designed to help meet the growing talent needs of the electronics industry by enabling more workers to pursue careers in electronics.  As one pillar of the SEMI Works program, the apprenticeship program is based on industry- and academic-approved competency lists. The lists are based on the Expanding Community College Apprenticeships (ECCA) initiative led by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) with funding from the US Department of Labor (USDOL).  

Initially developed in partnership with GLOBAL FOUNDRIES, the program leverages SEMI's Unified Competency Model (UCM) aimed at building an industry-wide talent pipeline.  

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Benefits of Competency-based Apprenticeships for Employers

Access to web-based on demand, compressed workshops
A turn-key scalable process
Funds for training with tuition reimbursement
Less time for out of work employees
Establishes an infrastructure that aligns with broad industry standard


Benefits for Job Seekers

- Earn and increase wages while training
- Learn and apply high demand skills
- Broaden skills and experience for a fast-growing career
- Apprentice earns portable and stackable credentials
- Credits toward completion of a degree/certificate with partnering community colleges

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Benefits for Training Providers

- Establishes related technical instruction
- High volume gateway to a 1- to 2-year certificate and degree program
- Employer support that leads student to have strong persistence and completion rates
-Industry-driven curriculum and content alignment

“We are excited to be a partner in this pilot program that is expected to graduate approximately 50 apprentices by the end of this year and more than 100 apprentices by the end of 2021. Hudson Valley’s participation in the SEMI Certs program has ensured our courses are aligned with industry requirements and that participants receive college credits to help them pursue related degrees and support career laddering. In addition, we hope the program will ultimately be a New York State Registered Apprenticeship Program, providing access to tuition reimbursement for Required Technical Training”
Roger Ramsammy
President of Hudson Valley Community College

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SEMI Works™is the first U.S. electronics workforce development program developed under a partnership with the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (NSF-ATE) Program, the USDOLETA  and academic partner SUNY Polytechnic Institute in New York.   Read More

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