Through a public-private partnership, New York state is using $4 million in funding to develop an Advanced Technology Framework based on foundational and technical skills needed for a successful career in the semiconductor industry.

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT), New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), the United Federation of Teachers, Micron Technology and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul have partnered on the learning toolkit, which was developed directly by teachers and Micron.

“This unique career-connected collaboration between schools, teachers, unions, workforce development and industry links students’ passion and curiosity with purpose, paving pathways to good, middle-class jobs,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten. “This unique partnership is anchored in our shared vision of real solutions for kids and communities that prepare kids for college, career, civic participation, and life. It not only helps students thrive, it plants the seeds of a manufacturing renaissance across New York and around the country.”

According to the American Federation of Teachers, the framework will be piloted in 10 school districts and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) over three years beginning in fall 2024. The $4 million in funding was provided by Micron and the state.

After a pilot phase, AFT said the goal of the partnership is to scale and sustain the Advanced Technology Framework across New York state to increase the pipeline of students interested in the semiconductor industry and to expand workforce development.

“From New York City to Syracuse, we’ve already seen exciting successes through experiential, hands-on learning programs that emphasize critical thinking, foster kids’ innate curiosity and offer them clear pathways to fulfilling jobs,” said NYSUT President Melinda Person. “Our educators know that building these real-world skills early works, and their expertise is a vital part of this new framework that will strengthen our schools, families and communities across the state of New York.”

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