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Preparations for Micron continue at OCC

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Onondaga Community College has been planning for Micron since October of 2022, going full force.

“There’s a lot of activity going on and it’s been a lot of work, but we’re really excited to move forward with it,” said Michael Grieb, an associate professor at Onondaga Community College, teaching electromechanical and mechanical technology programs.

The college is also excited to learn of President Joe Biden’s upcoming visit to the Syracuse area next Thursday, with the president expected to formally announce the $6.1 billion chips funding award to Micron.

“We’re really excited about that it’s finally getting real. It was getting a little nerve-wracking there, we were feeling the pressure, is there really going to happen I am glad to hear that it’s finally moving forward,” said Grieb.

But even before this money was confirmed, OCC has already been moving forward with construction.

“We’ve been going full board even without that funding being in place, we have over a dozen different pathways being developed for lots of different demographics to get jobs at Micron. So we’re really excited about that it’s finally getting real. It was getting a little nerve-wracking there, we were feeling the pressure, is there really going to happen and I am glad to hear that it’s finally moving forward” said Grieb.

Construction on Micron’s clean room simulation lab at OCC has been well underway. Work is expected to be done by early next year.

“It’s going to be a great opportunity to show students and potential employees what it’s like to work in a clean room,” said Grieb.

A number of classrooms are also being renovated to help the college expand its footprint for its electromechanical technology program.

Ten OCC students will be heading to either Boise, Idaho or Manassas, Virginia for a paid internship this summer at Micron.

“Most of us don’t really know what it’s like to work in a semiconductor factory. We don’t have many of them around here, so learning about that is really one of the primary goals that they’re excited about trying to figure out is really the place for me. They know that there’s going to be a job, they know that it’s going to be a good paying job, but does it really fit with what they want out of life,” said Grieb.

OCC is also working with local high schools to offer electromechanical technology classes to students come this fall.

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