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ASCENT: Developing a High-Tech Workforce for Intel & Regional Advanced Manufacturing

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ASCENT: Developing a High-Tech Workforce for Intel & Regional Advanced Manufacturing

Ohio University leads the Appalachian Semiconductor Education and Technical (ASCENT) Ecosystem, funded with a $3 million Intel grant to cultivate the next generation of skilled technical professionals for Ohio’s emerging semiconductor industry and regional advanced manufacturing.

Join Ohio’s high-tech future.

What education do you need to work in high tech?

The arrival of Intel’s $20 billion manufacturing complex in central Ohio brings with it the promise of 3,000 high-paying, high-tech jobs building semiconductor chips that power almost every electronic device that we depend on for life. Intel’s announcement is just the start of more high-tech jobs in Ohio. And those jobs start with one-year certificates as well as associate and bachelor’s degrees—plus scholarships to help expand access to high-tech workforce training.

Earn the education you need in less than a year.

  • Automation Technician Certificate

    The Automation Technician certification is now offered to students who want to develop hands on technical skills in robotics and automation. 

  • Mechatronics Technician Certificate

    The Mechatronics Technician certification is now offered to students who want to combine the application of electronics and mechanics to better understand and improve industrial processes. 


ASCENT Scholarships Available

Ohio University's $3 million grant from Intel includes scholarships to develop an inclusive high-tech workforce. The Intel grant provides up to $400,000 in scholarships to the ASCENT partnership group each year.


Scholarships are available through ASCENT to help you prepare for a career in Ohio's high-tech industries.

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Careers in High Tech

Work-Life Balance with Intel

Manufacturing technicians and specialists are at the heart of Intel's mission to build the world's best processors. Otis Chandler describes how Intel technicians enjoy a rewarding career with opportunities for growth and a healthy work/life balance.

Mind-Blowing Technology

Manufacturing technicians are the first to introduce bare silicon into the factory and the last to pack and ship the finished product. Gina Robles describes the excitement of working with “mind-blowing” technology.

Teamwork in the Clean Room

Manufacturing technicians are at the heart of Intel’s 24-7 manufacturing. Jesse Flachsbart describes using cutting-edge technology and developing relationships with engineers and tool owners to maximize wafer output without compromising safety.

A rendering shows early plans for two new leading-edge Intel processor factories in Licking County, Ohio. Construction is expected to begin in late 2022, with production coming online at the end of 2025.

ASCENT Program Leaders

Avinash Karanth

Chair of Ohio University’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and the Joseph K. Jachinowski Professor. Dr. Karanth leads the Technologies for Emerging Computer Architecture Laboratory (TEAL).

Eric Stinaff

Chair of Ohio University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy and Director of the Nanoscale & Quantum Phenomena Institute. Dr. Stinaff’s research centers on investigating the optical and electronic properties of novel semiconductor materials, nanostructures and nanostructure-based devices. 

ASCENT Faculty Expertise

The Russ College of Engineering is collaborating with Washington State College of Ohio to offer students a seamless transfer pathway to an engineering degree that launches high-tech careers.