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For Immediate Release

March 19, 2018

Recognition and Certification Ceremony to be held March 23

LCC completed a three-year process to receive SEMI's Certified Partner Program designation.

SEMI Foundation, based in Milpitas, California will recognize Lower Columbia College (LCC) in Longview, Washington as the first certified partner in the SEMI High Tech U (HTU) Certified Partner Program. A recognition and certification ceremony takes place March 23 at 9:30 am in the LCC Student Center.

LCC completed a three-year process of delivering HTU to receive the designation. SEMI provided guidance and instruction to LCC in how to deliver program to local students.

“Our partnership with the SEMI Foundation provides LCC the opportunity to give young people and families in our community exposure to high tech career opportunities. Our industry partners—including Steelscape, NORPAC, Weyerhaeuser, Cowlitz PUD and Laboratory Science Institute—have made it possible for LCC to offer this opportunity to students.” —Chris Bailey, President, Lower Columbia College.

Flagship programs held across the world

The nonprofit SEMI Foundation has been holding its flagship program, SEMI High Tech U, at industry sites around the world since 2001 to emphasize the importance of STEM skills and inspire young people to pursue careers in high technology fields. HTU enables students to meet engineers and STEM volunteer instructors from industry in a face-to-face setting with tech-related, hands-on activities such as etching wafers, making circuits, coding and training for professional interviews.

Partner organizations provide quality training and outreach

SEMI's Certified Partner Program uniquely identifies organizations that provide quality training and have a framework of outreach that can recruit and instruct high school students in the value of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) based careers. The organizations receive training to deliver the unique SEMI curriculum utilizing high tech and STEM industry volunteer instructors. Participants come from local area high schools, and organizations monitor student progress over time to document impact.

Since 2002, SEMI has reached over 7,000 high school students in 12 states and 9 countries with its award-winning program.

“We are delighted to partner with LCC in our common goal to motivate the next generation of innovators. Lower Columbia College is uniquely positioned to pipeline students from high school to college on a track that speeds the time from graduation to employment. This is a win for the community and as well as for employers.” — Leslie Tugman, Executive Director, SEMI Foundation.

SEMI Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization founded in 2001 to support education and career awareness in the electronics and high tech fields through career exploration programs and scholarships.

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2018 SEMI High Tech U
2018 SEMI High Tech U

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SEMI High Tech U Presentation Ceremony
March 23, 2018

News and Media Contact:

 Wendy Hall, Vice President, Effectiveness & College Relations, Lower Columbia College


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