September 13, 2022

Shawnee State University will serve as a partner institution in the Appalachian Semiconductor Education and Technical (ASCENT) Ecosystem through grant funding awarded by Intel to lead institution Ohio University. The ASCENT program will create an inclusive workforce development and training program to cultivate the next generation of skilled technical professionals for Ohio’s emerging semiconductor industry.

The funding is part of the Intel ®Semiconductor Education and Research Program for Ohio that was announced today in conjunction with Intel’s groundbreaking ceremony for its leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing plant in New Albany, Ohio.

Over the next three years, ASCENT will collaboratively develop and deliver diverse educational options across the region, including stackable certificates, associate degrees, bachelor’s and graduate degrees that prepare students for career opportunities created by Intel’s arrival to Ohio.

“Shawnee State is preparing students for rewarding careers with Ohio’s leading industries,” SSU President Jeff Bauer said. “We stand ready to help develop programs to provide a pipeline to Intel from southern Ohio. Anyone who needs training to take full advantage of employment within the semiconductor industry will find it here.”

rendering of factory
A rendering shows plans for new leading-edge Intel processor factories in Licking County, Ohio. Announced in January 2022, the $20 billion project spans nearly 1,000 acres and the largest single private-sector investment in Ohio history. Production may begin as soon as 2025.

The ASCENT program will be led by Ohio University and comprised of a broad coalition of eight other institutions, colleges and technical centers across the southeastern Appalachian region of Ohio. Each will play a vital role in the visualization, delivery and programming of the overall ASCENT Ecosystem.

Eight proposals were selected from leading Ohio institutions, including Ohio University. Each proposal includes collaborative efforts with other higher education institutions, representing more than 80 institutions across the state of Ohio. In total, the eight leading Ohio institutions will receive $17.7 million in funding over a three-year period.

Intel expects this first iteration of the program to produce nearly 9,000 graduates for the industry and provide more than 2,300 scholarships over three years helping diversify the talent pipeline.

“Intel is excited to be in Ohio, the new Silicon Heartland and home to what will be one of our most sophisticated semiconductor manufacturing plants in the world,” said Jim Evers, Intel Vice President and Ohio General Manager. “Higher education plays a key role in the future success of our industry. We’re proud to support these institutions from every corner of the state as they work to build the workforce of tomorrow.”

Intel’s Semiconductor Education and Research Program for Ohio was announced in March as part of the company’s pledge to invest $100 million in education and research collaborations with universities, community colleges and technical educators in Ohio and across the U.S. The program is designed to help build a pipeline of talent and bolster research programs. Of its $100 million investment, Intel designated $50 million specifically to Ohio colleges and universities.

About Shawnee State University

Shawnee State University is nationally-ranked in game design and engineering technologies programs. We make college possible through open access to degrees that lead to successful careers, free tuition for qualifying students, low tuition for all and expanded scholarships. Shawnee State is ranked among US News and World Report’s Top Public Schools in Regional Universities Midwest and Top Performers on Social Mobility. Our mission is to prepare today’s student to succeed in tomorrow’s world.

About Intel

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