Clark State Awarded Grant 

Clark State College was awarded $79,250 from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) for the purchase and installation of vacuum systems technology learning equipment to train semiconductor technicians.

Vacuum systems technology equipment is an integral part of the semiconductor industry. The Intel Corporation Semiconductor Education and Research Program provided subject matter expert input, review, and confirmation of the new vacuum systems technology curriculum and lab concept developed by the Ohio Semiconductor Collaboration Network statewide curriculum team.

Dr. Adam Parrillo, dean of business and applied sciences at Clark State, said faculty who teach advanced manufacturing subjects and the personnel who support these programs are excited about this expansion and the opportunity to contribute to these efforts in Ohio.

“The vacuum systems equipment is a crucial expansion of our Directed Learning Lab (DLL) capabilities that will serve the emergent semiconductor industry, existing industry partners, and future partners which will also require these skillsets,” he said.“

Parrillo said the successful DLL training model is based upon flexible hours – day, evening, weekend – that serve students with busy schedules and work various shifts. 

“This is yet another example of how Clark State is all-in and striving to provide the necessary education and training opportunities for our communities to meet them where they are and help them realize their career goals,” said Parrillo. “This equipment will be integral to a Vacuum Systems course which will be part of an upcoming Semiconductor Foundations short-term certificate.”

The vacuum systems technology learning equipment is expected to be available for training in the summer of 2024.