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MVCC, MACNY partner with Wolfspeed for NYS Registered Apprenticeship Program

Posted 11/19/22

Mohawk Valley Community College and The Manufacturers Association of Central New York are partnering with Wolfspeed to develop a New York State Registered Apprenticeship Program.

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MVCC, MACNY partner with Wolfspeed for NYS Registered Apprenticeship Program

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UTICA — Mohawk Valley Community College and The Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY) are partnering with Wolfspeed to develop a New York State Registered Apprenticeship Program.

The program is part of the National Institute for Innovation and Technology’s Growing Apprenticeships in Nanotechnology and Semiconductors program, of which MACNY is a lead partner.

Wolfspeed is a market leader in silicon carbide technology, producing more than 60% of the world’s supply of the material that supports global sustainability measures. In April 2022, Wolfspeed opened its Mohawk Valley Fab - the world’s first, largest and only 200mm silicon carbide fabrication facility - in Marcy.

The Registered Apprenticeship Program will build upon Wolfspeed’s longstanding relationship with MVCC as the two organizations continue to work together to establish a pipeline for the next generation of high-quality, high tech jobs in the Mohawk Valley.

“This new offering will create even greater opportunities for technical semiconductor knowledge, skills and hands-on workplace experience for the next generation,” said Wolfspeed Chief Human Resources Officer Margaret Chadwick. “We look forward to welcoming these apprentices to our Mohawk Valley Fab and anticipate learning from them as much as they learn from us as we engineer a more sustainable and energy efficient future together.”

MVCC will be providing the required related technical instruction, which will expand upon the existing work already being conducted by Wolfspeed. Related technical instruction refers to the classroom and lab learning experiences of apprentices.

“Mohawk Valley Community College is thrilled to partner with Wolfspeed and MACNY on the implementation of a Registered Apprenticeship Program and as a collective through this comprehensive earn and learn approach, we undoubtedly will develop the highly-skilled labor force Wolfspeed requires while simultaneously enacting training pathways fundamental for career advancement,” said MVCC President Randall VanWagoner.

MACNY will oversee the Registered Apprenticeship Program. MACNY is also a U.S. Department of Labor Apprenticeship Ambassador, increasing access and support for underrepresented and underserved populations.

MACNY President and CEO Randy Woken said not only does Registered Apprenticeship follow a “learn while you earn” model, but it also provides apprentices with a direct career pathway and a nationally recognized credential. Registered Apprenticeship is a win-win, he said, as it allows employers the opportunity to develop and prepare their future workforce, improve productivity and profitability, and also increase employee retention.

“By 2030, the manufacturing industry will need to fill four million jobs. A lack of high-skilled workers threatens to leave more than half of those positions vacant,” Wolken said. “Registered Apprenticeship is a vital solution to bridging the skills gap and filling a crucial need within the industry.”

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