The program comprises a 13-week robotics technology segment, providing versatile training applicable across various manufacturing and logistics domains. Following this, a specialized 9-week program immerses students in semiconductor industry-specific equipment, ensuring graduates possess the necessary skills to meet industry demands. With average starting salaries ranging from $21 to $27 per hour, graduates can anticipate lucrative opportunities upon program completion.
Valencia College isn’t the sole beneficiary of substantial funding in this endeavor. Osceola County was recently named as the recipient of $17.5 million from the state to construct a multifaceted semiconductor lab facility within NeoCity. This strategic initiative aims to foster innovation and bolster semiconductor manufacturing by offering affordable lab spaces to companies.
Governor Ron DeSantis, allocated over $28 million through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund to five workforce development projects, including Osceola County, NeoCity – $17,500,000, Valencia College – $4,170,000, Santa Fe College – $3,000,000, Lake Technical College – $1,860,500, and Eastern Florida State College – $1,550,000.
He emphasized the significance of creating high-wage jobs for Floridians, positioning Florida as a frontrunner in semiconductor manufacturing.
“These awards will expand Florida’s manufacturing industry and provide high-quality jobs for Floridians,” remarked Governor Ron DeSantis. “In Florida, we are laying the groundwork for a strong economic future by investing in growing, high-demand industries that offer high-wage jobs for our residents.”
Secretary of Commerce J. Alex Kelly echoed these sentiments, acknowledging the overwhelming response from economic development and workforce education partners statewide. This robust collaboration aims to provide diverse education options and cultivate a skilled workforce for critical industries.
This initiative is part of a broader vision outlined in a cutting-edge workforce development initiative announced in September 2023. A staggering $50 million investment by FloridaCommerce and the Florida Department of Education is dedicated to supporting semiconductor manufacturing, advanced packaging, and research and development in the military, defense, and space sectors.
Valencia College’s expansion of its Robotics and Semiconductor Technician program serves as a testament to Florida’s commitment to nurturing a skilled workforce and fostering economic growth within the semiconductor industry.