Education & Workforce Development

The PowerAmerica Institute has been charged with defining and managing a program led by North Carolina State University via a Cooperative Agreement with U.S. Department of Energy to enable the manufacturing of wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductor technologies that are cost competitive with current silicon-based power electronics within the next five years.

Part of this endeavor includes the education, training, and development of at least a 500-person workforce skilled to compete in the WBG industry during that time. As such, the PowerAmerica Education and Workforce Development (EWD) team has the following mission:

EWD acts as a catalyst in building a WBG semiconductor-centric education ecosystem that enables individuals to attain the skills required to enter the “Career pathways” of design, development, and manufacturing of new and innovative WBG-enabled technologies and products.”

To meet its mission, EWD will solely focus on the following during the next 5 years:

  • Promote graduate student WBG-centric education, activities, and recruitment at PowerAmerica affiliate universities in order to meet the immediate and future design, development, and manufacturing needs of PowerAmerica’s industry members;
  • Orchestrate WBG-centric education and training programs for the workforce of PowerAmerica’s industry members–executives, managers, engineers, and technicians;
  • Promote undergraduate student WBG-centric education, activities, and recruitment for PowerAmerica’s affiliate universities’ WBG graduate education programs and provide the bachelor’s degree-level engineers required for the immediate and future design, development, and manufacturing needs of PowerAmerica’s industry members;
  • Keep appropriate NSF ATE (Advanced Technology Education) Centers aware of the WBG-related skill sets that must be taught at community colleges for technicians who are needed by our industry members;
  • Keep appropriate NIST MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership) Centers aware of the current needs and future business trends in the WBG markets of our industry members for the SMEs (micro, small, and medium sized enterprises) that MEPs advise; and
  • Deliver train-the-trainer Summer Institutes that provide awareness of the impact of WBG technologies and provide a hands-on experience for high school teachers and community college instructors.

Education & Workforce Development Consortium

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