"Kent State is ideally situated to lead a collaborative program as a part of the Intel Semiconductor Education and Research Program. We are particularly motivated, as the aims of the Intel Program tie directly to our mission to transform lives and communities through the power of discovery, learning and creative expression in an inclusive environment."
- Peggy Shadduck, Ph.D.
VP, Regional Campuses & Dean, CATS


Kent State University, in response to a request from Intel®, will lead a network that includes 13 other Ohio higher education institutions now poised to prepare the workforce to make the small electronic devices that play a large role in our everyday lives. The plan is part of the company's Ohio Semiconductor Education and Research Program.

The College of Applied and Technical Studies (CATS) is the proud home to Kent State University’s associate degrees. As the university enters into its partnership with Intel, a multinational technology corporation now in Ohio, readying the workforce with a world-class education is key. In fact, 2,100 of the 3,000 jobs Intel brings to our state require the two-year degree you can earn at a Kent State Regional Campus near you.

Working with our academic program leaders throughout Kent State University and our 13 other partner institutions throughout Northeast Ohio, we are united in meeting the educational needs of a diverse 21st century workforce that is prepared for good-paying jobs that propel the future.

“We plan to scale existing educational opportunities, develop new experiential curricula, and establish or refine pathways for learners seeking to enter, reskill, or upskill in areas relevant to semiconductor fabrication,” said Dr. Peggy Shadduck, Kent State’s vice president for Regional Campuses and dean of the College of Applied and Technical Studies, who served as Kent State’s lead principal investigator on the grant titled Pathways to Semiconductor Careers. “These strengths can be amplified through collaboration with our 13 partners to address the immediate and future workforce needs of Intel and its suppliers.” 



Are you a STEM-focused undergrad? Are you looking to focus your studies as you get closer to making career decisions? This summer, start your journey to an exciting career in the semiconductor and microelectronics industry!



Kent State is one of seven institutions leading a series of state-wide projects intended for Ohio colleges and universities to help address workforce shortages and technical challenges in semiconductor manufacturing as well as develop new chipmaking capabilities: