CWI Receives Grant Funding from Idaho Workforce Development Council for Semiconductor Training

Published: November 2, 2023

College of Western Idaho (CWI) was recently awarded a grant from the Idaho Workforce Development Council (IWDC) to support the training and expansion of the semiconductor and advanced manufacturing workforce in Idaho.

The $4.2 million grant will expand the College’s Advanced Mechatronics Engineering Technology program. This program trains technicians, who will be a critical part of the workforce for Micron’s $15 billion investment through the end of the decade to expand leading-edge memory manufacturing in Boise, as well as several other local companies that depend on this program for skilled workers.

“The Workforce Development Council is excited to help double the capacity of CWI’s Advanced Mechatronics program,” said Wendi Secrist, Executive Director of Idaho Workforce Development Council. “This program provides a pathway for individuals to excel in the advanced manufacturing industry that is so critical to Idaho’s economy.”

“This funding will help us deliver quality education and training to even more students, as well as provide the workforce for an industry that is vital to the Treasure Valley and Idaho,” said CWI President Gordon Jones.

CWI's Advanced Mechatronics Engineering Technology program provides hands-on, quality training in mechanical, electrical, computer, and software skills needed for working in the advanced manufacturing industry. Students in the program are eligible to apply for an apprenticeship with Micron Technology, Inc., where students can earn while they learn and gain hands-on, on-the-job training at the company’s global headquarters.

Visit CWI’s website to explore and apply to the Advanced Mechatronics Engineering Technology program and learn more about the Program Exploration event on Thursday, Nov. 16. Spring 2024 Open Registration all all students opens Monday, Nov. 6 – apply early to save your spot.

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