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U.S. to Fight Labor Shortage With New Chips Act Worker Program

U.S. to Fight Labor Shortage With New Chips Act Worker Program
The program will use some of the $5 billion in federal funding set aside for a new National Semiconductor Technology Center.

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The Biden administration has initiated a program to address the labor shortage in the U.S. semiconductor industry. The program, known as the workforce partner alliance, will allocate some of the $5 billion in federal funding for the National Semiconductor Technology Center to support workforce development projects. This funding comes from the 2022 Chips and Science Act, which aims to boost U.S. chipmaking and semiconductor research. Industry and government officials have emphasized the need for investment in labor to support the growth of the semiconductor industry. Since the signing of the Chips Act, over 50 community colleges have announced new semiconductor-related programs. The Commerce Department has also announced a grant of $6.7 million for Rogue Valley Microdevices to support a new Florida factory focused on chips with defense and biomedical applications. This initiative represents a significant step in addressing the labor shortage and supporting the growth of the U.S. semiconductor industry.

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