St. Clairsville, OH (January 21, 2022) – In an announcement today, Governor DeWine announced that Intel, a great American company, is partnering with the state of Ohio to bring a revolutionizing investment in semiconductor (or “chip”) manufacturing to the state—a brand new, vital industry to Ohio and the Midwest that will supercharge Ohio’s economy. This project reverses decades of offshoring of American manufacturing, which has contributed to a shortage of domestically-produced chips and left the U.S. vulnerable to supply chain disruptions.
“As a community and technical college, Belmont is well prepared to provide the training and education needed for the jobs that will be coming to the state,” said Dr. Paul Gasparro, President. “This project will have a tremendous impact at the national, state, and local levels. The job prospects created by Intel, and support industries, will need essential highly trained employees and we are prepared to assist with that training. At Belmont, we offer programs in Computer and Information Technology, including Cisco Networking, Engineering Technology, Business and Accounting, Industrial Trades, and Health Sciences, to name a few. We are perfectly positioned to help prepare our local workforce and are thrilled for this incredible opportunity for the residents of our state. This project will undoubtably provide a positive impact on our economy.”
He added, “We are appreciative to Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and JobsOhio for their hard work and commitment in bringing this incredible opportunity to the state of Ohio.”
According to the Governor’s DeWine’s office, this investment in the state will generate more than 20,000 jobs:
Governor’s DeWine’s office noted that all Ohio institutions of higher education will benefit and have an important role to play in this project—whether it’s research and innovation at Ohio’s four-year colleges and universities or new and innovative curricula and training at our two-year community colleges and vocational and technical schools. According to the Governor’s Office, Intel has indicated it plans to make significant investments over the next decade in partnership with Ohio universities, community colleges and the U.S. National Science Foundation. These partnerships will span a range of activities, from collaborative research projects to building semiconductor-specific curricula for associate and undergraduate degree programs.
“Ohio’s community colleges applaud Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted and JobsOhio for bringing Intel, with their extraordinary investment, world-leading technologies and well-paying jobs to Ohio,” said Jack Hershey, President, Ohio Association of Community Colleges. “By every measure, this is an historic moment for our state, a game-changing success that will bring lasting benefits to every corner of Ohio.”
Hershey continued, “The job opportunities generated by Intel and by other high-tech industries sure to follow will require a strong and sustainable pipeline of skilled workers ready and able to seize those opportunities. Preparing that workforce will be an ongoing challenge, requiring the very best, coordinated efforts from every level of education in our state. Ohio’s 23 community colleges are well-prepared for that challenge and eager to collaborate to help Intel and other industries of the future thrive here by developing the talent they need to succeed.”
Intel is an industry leader, creating world-changing technology that enables global progress and enriches lives. Founded in 1968, Intel’s technology has been at the heart of computing breakthroughs. The company continuously works to advance the design and manufacturing of semiconductors to help address their customers’ greatest challenges. By embedding intelligence in the cloud, network, edge and every kind of computing device, Intel unleashes the potential of data to transform business and society for the better. Intel is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA. Learn more at intel.com.
Founded in 1971, Belmont College is one of 23 community colleges in the University System of Ohio. The College offers more than 40 associate degree and certificate programs to serve the multiple needs of area citizens. Belmont offers a comprehensive array of credit and non-credit programming at the Main Campus in St. Clairsville, Ohio. For more information, visit belmontcollege.edu.
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