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Cleanroom Course Offers a Gateway to Microelectronics Careers - USC Viterbi | School of Engineering

Cleanroom Course Offers a Gateway to Microelectronics Careers - USC Viterbi | School of Engineering
California DREAMS pilots a path to a robust semiconductor industry pipeline.

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The California Defense Ready Electronics and Microdevices Superhub (DREAMS) is addressing the shortage of cleanroom workers in the semiconductor and microelectronics industry by launching a pilot Cleanroom Gateway program. The program aims to provide specialized learners and undergraduate students with hands-on experience in a cleanroom setting, with the goal of inspiring and qualifying a new pipeline of workers. The Cleanroom Gateway will offer participants a two-week course covering cleanroom operations, earning micro-certifications, learning about career opportunities, and receiving help with resume writing and interview processes. DREAMS is also launching an Undergraduate Microelectronics (ME) Commons Scholars program to address the need for more hands-on training for electrical engineering students. The initiative has put together a Tracking and Evaluation team to survey and take feedback from participants, instructors, and industry partners to improve the program for future iterations. The long-term goal is to increase the number of Cleanroom Gateway cohorts and expand it to all university nanofabrication laboratories, with the intention of supporting national implementation. This project is seen as an innovative example of how industry is partnering with education for high-need workforce development initiatives.

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