Onondaga Community College unveiled plans today for the Micron Cleanroom Simulation Lab which will be built on campus in the Whitney Applied Technology Center. The renderings were designed by Ashley McGraw Architects. The project is being funded by $5 million each from Micron, Onondaga County, and New York State.
The Micron Cleanroom Simulation Lab will be 5,000 square feet, and an ISO (International Organization for Standardization) class 5 and 6 facility where students will be trained for careers in the semiconductor and microelectronic industries.
Speakers at today's event included OCC President Dr. Warren Hilton, Onondaga County Executive J. Ryan McMahon II, Micron Executive Vice President of Global Operations Manish Bhatia, Micron Executive Vice President & Chief People Officer and President of the Micron Foundation April Arnzen, and SUNY Chancellor Dr. John B. King, Jr.
Following the event, a brunch was held in the Allyn Hall Gymnasium. The event featured great food and remarks from OCC President Dr. Warren Hilton, Micron Vice President for U.S. Expansion Scott Gatzemeier, OCC Professor and Chair of Applied Technology Mike Grieb, OCC Electromechanical Technology student Allison Wilcox, and Bryan Morris '14 who is a graduate of OCC and an Engineer at Micron in Boise, Idaho.
Last October, the President of the United States came to OCC to celebrate Micron's decision to invest $100 billion in the Central New York region with the construction of a microchip-making facility in the Onondaga County Town of Clay, about 20 miles from the OCC campus. The college began offering two Micron-related programs this fall; Electromechanical Technology A.A.S. (Associate in Applied Science degree) and an Electromechanical Technology certificate program.
Below are the renderings designed by Ashley McGraw Architects which were unveiled today.