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Intel Launches First U.S. Apprenticeship Program for Manufacturing Facility Technicians

PHOENIX, AZ (July 15, 2024) – Today, Intel and Governor Hobbs announced the company is launching its first U.S. registered apprenticeship program for manufacturing facility technicians in collaboration with the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), SEMI Foundation, Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, Maricopa Community Colleges, and the Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Board. Intel plans to train dozens of facility technician apprentices over the next five years. Selected apprentices will be full-time Intel employees on day one and will earn a certificate and college credit upon successful completion of the one-year program. Apprenticeships offer a practical and effective way to train individuals for these roles. Apprentices gain valuable skills, experience and industry-specific knowledge, contributing to a more skilled and competitive workforce.


Arizona: Home of America’s Semiconductor Resurgence

PHOENIX, AZ (July 9, 2024) – As SEMICON West 2024 kicks off, Arizona stands in the national spotlight as the epicenter of America’s semiconductor resurgence. Arizona leads the nation in semiconductor investment, supplier expansions and jobs. Since 2020, Arizona has won more than 40 semiconductor expansions, representing over $102 billion in capital investment and over 15,700 direct industry jobs. These projects span the entire ecosystem, including manufacturing, advanced packaging, research and development, equipment, supply chain, and workforce development. In recognition of the state’s leadership, SEMICON West, North America’s premier microelectronics exhibition and conference, will relocate to Phoenix on a rotating basis following 50 consecutive years in San Francisco. Arizona will host the conference starting in October 2025 and again in 2027 and 2029.


Arizona Wins Fourth Consecutive Gold Shovel Award Recognizing Significant Economic Development Efforts

PHOENIX, AZ (June 20, 2024) – Arizona today was awarded a prestigious “Gold Shovel” award from Area Development magazine in the 5-8 million population category, marking the state’s fourth consecutive gold shovel. The Shovel Awards recognize states that “garnered large job-creating and investment projects through innovative policies, infrastructure improvements, and other processes that attracted new employers as well as investments in expanded facilities.” Area Development named LG Energy Solution’s investment in Queen Creek a “Manufacturing Projects of the Year” and “Cleantech Projects of the Year," and Amkor, a leading provider of semiconductor packaging and test services, a “Non-Manufacturing Projects Of The Year.”

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