July 12, 2001 — TORONTO — Looking to train students for high-tech careers, George Brown College has begun the second phase of its Centre for Advanced Microelectronics program.
Phase II of the study includes two programs (manufacturing engineering technology and semiconductor and microelectronics manufacturing) as well as a new cutting edge facility that houses 4,000 square feet of laboratory space, cleanrooms and processing and testing facilities.
The project cost an estimated $9 million, with $3.5 million of it contributed by the Ministry of Economic Development. Corporate partners and revenue generated by the training center account for the difference.
“The big winners here will be our students. The Centre for Advanced Microelectronics offers students a direct link to immediate jobs and outstanding career opportunities,” said Frank Sorochinsky, president of the college. “This major new commitment of our corporate partners and the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade is strong evidence of support for the facilities and serious capacity needed to educate and train for the future.”
The program will be available to students next year and officials say it will produce more than 300 graduates every year beginning in 2003.
Several other schools offer similar training programs, including Kent State University in Ohio.