Micron Partners with OCC

"Micron’s $100 billion investment in Upstate New York will fundamentally transform the region into a global hub for manufacturing and bring tens of thousands of good-paying high-tech and construction jobs to Central New York."
— Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer 

Micron Technology, Inc. is building the largest semiconductor fabrication facility in the history of the United States, right here in Onondaga County!  This project will create nearly 50,000 NY jobs, including approximately 9,000 high-paying Micron jobs when the facility opens in 2025.

Micron MegaFab

With at least 85% of OCC graduates already staying in the Central New York region after graduation, OCC President Dr. Hilton expects this new partnership will propel that number even higher.

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How might this impact you? 

OCC has been chosen to partner directly with Micron. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we're ready to help you be a part of it! 
Right now, we're creating new programs and certificates that will prepare you to work there! 
Our professors are working with Micron to tailor our curricula to their specific needs so that you'll learn what you need to know to enjoy a rewarding career in the semiconductor industry.  


And if you want to get started immediately, we already offer some of the related training to develop the skilled workforce Micron will need through these programs: 


Plus, Micron will need other types of jobs to support their facility and operations. 
Check out our current offerings that will help support related needs for this industry: 

And we're not done yet!  We're building our own cleanroom – an enclosed space used in manufacturing to keep particulates and other contaminants away. 

OCC's cleanroom will be housed in the Whitney Applied Technology Center on campus.  This will be a vital tool for OCC to prepare you for a job at Micron's Clay campus, which will be home to the nation's largest cleanroom at approximately 2.4 million square feet, the length of nearly 40 football fields!



"This is our generation’s Erie Canal moment!  We will make sure that every neighborhood in every corner of the County feels part of this historic and transformational project.”
— Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon


"They're prepared to come with their training regime and we're going to roll it into our curricula.  We're really excited to get into some new areas like cleanrooms and things at the nanoscale.  It will be a nice journey for us."
Michael Grieb, Chair of the Applied Engineering Technology Department.


“This is the start of something transformative in scale and possibility for our state’s economic future."
— Governor Kathy Hochul


“We chose this location for many reasons, but most importantly — Central New York offers a rich pool of diverse talent, including communities that traditionally have been underrepresented in technology jobs.”

- Sanjay Mehrotra - Micron CEO

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A Historic Moment for OCC

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On October 4 Micron announced it would be investing $100 billion dollars in a chip-making complex in Central New York. Onondaga Community College will play a significant role in Micron's success here by educating future employees. Below is a statement from OCC President Dr. Warren Hilton on Micron's decision and what it means for the OCC community.

As many of you know, I believe that education is one of the most important avenues for individuals to achieve their dreams and communities to thrive. Yesterday's historic announcement of Micron locating a chip manufacturing complex in Central New York will help many people in the region and beyond achieve their dreams and assist our county and broader community for years to come. And... (wait for it), OCC will be the primary educator of technicians Micron will hire. Hundreds of technicians who will live, work, eat, sleep, etcetera in our community will be trained and educated here at our fine institution.

Dr. Warren Hilton
Dr. Warren Hilton, Onondaga Community College President

Additionally, the economic impact of Micron will no doubt spur growth of jobs in other industries and areas in disciplines in which we offer degrees and certificates. This effort will be a huge undertaking for us, and we will be moving quickly to proactively rise to the challenge! It will require great collaboration, new ways of thinking, and expanding current partnerships as well as building new ones.

As we continue our work and there are new developments, I will keep the campus informed. I look forward to working with each of you to ensure success for Micron, Central New York, and most importantly make the dreams of our students and families a reality.

Let's celebrate!

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Student Vet Engineering a Career in the Chip-Making Industry

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Bryan Morris '14 came to OCC after serving his country as a member of the United States Air Force. Today the Red Creek High School graduate is an engineer at Micron Technology in Boise, Idaho.

When Bryan Morris graduated from tiny Red Creek High School in 2004, he had no idea what was next. "My wheels were spinning. I wasn't going anywhere and I didn't have a plan. I knew I should go to school for something but I didn't know what for."

Morris joined the United States Air Force and it turned out to be a life-changing decision. He would spend four-and-a-half years serving his country which included tours of duty in Iraq and Kuwait. When he wasn't deployed, he was stationed at Mountain Home Air Force Base near Boise, Idaho. While in Boise, he would begin dating the woman whom he would eventually marry.

Morris was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 2012 and returned to Central New York. He knew he wanted to pursue an engineering-related degree but wasn't sure where to begin. A family friend gave him valuable advice. "He suggested I do 2 years at OCC, then 2 years at Syracuse University which he had done when he was younger. I was a little nervous about starting at S.U. because I hadn't been in school in 8 years."

Morris took his advice and enrolled at OCC in January of 2013. He was an outstanding student, earning membership in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. When he wasn't in class he could usually be found in the Student Veterans office where he was a work-study student, was good at finding a quiet space where he could do his coursework, and bonded with fellow Student Veterans. "I spent a lot of time in there doing homework and sharing stories. It was a great environment. I absolutely loved it."

In the summer of 2013 he got married. The next year he completed his associate degree at OCC. Morris would transfer to Syracuse University and earn his bachelor's degree in 2016.

Morris and his wife would eventually move back to Boise where he now works as an engineer at Micron Technology. He helps develop the production equipment that makes what is known in the industry as "wafers" which hold semi conductor chips. Just last month Congress passed a bill which incentivizes building chips in the United States. Shortly after that, Micron announced it would build a $15 billion dollar high volume manufacturing plant in Boise next to where Morris works.

Ten years after leaving the Air Force and deciding to come to OCC, Morris' life couldn't be much better. He and his wife have two sons, ages 6 and 4, and he has an in-demand job in an in-demand industry. "It's been a long process but I'm pretty happy where I am. I'm always looking toward the future but I feel pretty lucky."

He's also grateful that, thanks to his military service and the GI Bill, he's in good shape financially. "With everything going on in the world with home prices and inflation, one of the biggest factors in my success is I don't have student loans looming over my head. Going into the Air Force was the best decision for my future."

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Colleen Stevens (left) works with students during a CNC Machining exercise as part of a Micron-Sponsored "Girls Going Tech" event at Onondaga Community College.

Micron Brings "Girls Going Tech" To Campus

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