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GlobalFoundries Makes Leadership Gift to HVCC North Expansion Project Featured

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Peter Benyon, Fab 8 Vice President and General Manager at GF (left) and Roger Ramsammy, Hudson Valley Community College President (right). Photo provided. Peter Benyon, Fab 8 Vice President and General Manager at GF (left) and Roger Ramsammy, Hudson Valley Community College President (right). Photo provided.

MALTA — Hudson Valley Community College and GlobalFoundries (GF) are expanding their partnership and creating a new training and apprenticeship center at the college’s HVCC North extension center in Malta. The center is part of the college’s $12.5 million expansions project aimed at boosting workforce training efforts in high demand areas. 

The GlobalFoundries Workforce Training and Apprenticeship Center at HVCC North announced on Aug. 5 during an event at the college’s Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Renewable Technologies (TEC-SMART), will be created through a philanthropic gift of $500,000, which includes specialized equipment for workforce training. 

The HVCC North Expansion Project includes renovations to current facilities at TEC-SMART and the creation of a new two-story, 14,500 square foot STEM Education Center, which will include brand new, state-of-the-art labs for microbiology, anatomy, and physiology, chemistry and biology, and new classrooms, student support spaces, and offices. 

Once completed, HVCC North will create the space and resources needed to allow the college to increase access and broaden education and workforce training opportunities in the highly specialized and growing fields of healthcare, STEM, and skilled trades. All of these industries are experiencing an urgent shortage of qualified workers and a skills gap that continues to widen exponentially with time. HVCC North will allow the college to train hundreds of graduates to enter these in-demand fields and address urgent industry needs – while keeping the workforce local and providing a significant economic boost for the Capital Region

“GlobalFoundries’ $500,000 donation continues a long history of collaboration between Hudson Valley Community College and GF. It is critical to the industry to have a partner in education that keeps pace with the rapidly evolving semiconductor industry,” said Peter Benyon, Fab 8 Vice President and General Manager at GF. “We hope GF’s corporate contribution will inspire other regional businesses and community organizations interested and vested in the future of the Capital Region to come on board and support this important capital project that will expand opportunities in STEM and skilled trades and will provide benefits and long-term success for us all.” 

This news comes just weeks after GF announced plans to build a new chip fab over the coming years in Malta, which is expected to double the site’s capacity and create more than one thousand jobs for Capital Region residents. GF’s Fab 8 currently has over 100 open jobs posted (visit www.gf.com/careers for more information).

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