GlobalFoundries helping to create training center at HVCC North campus in Malta

A rendering of the STEM education center to be built at the HVCC North campus in Malta.

A rendering of the STEM education center to be built at the HVCC North campus in Malta.

MALTA — A training and apprenticeship center will be built in Malta to prepare students to work in high-demand industry sectors.

GlobalFoundries and Hudson Valley Community College announced the plan Thursday. It is part of the $12.5 million expansion of the HVCC North Campus on Hermes Road, which is intended to boost workforce training programs.

The facility will be named The GlobalFoundries Workforce Training and Apprenticeship Center at HVCC North. GlobalFoundries, which has its headquarters and operates its Fab 8 computer chip factory nearby, will make a $500,000 donation, which will include specialized equipment.

When the center is completed it will allow more students to undergo credit and non-credit education, including through associate degree programs. They will then be qualified to fill positions at GlobalFoundries and other Capital Region employers.

The GlobalFoundries donation also will help fund creation of new radio frequency/vacuum technology and mechatronics laboratories, and help upgrade an existing mock clean room to actual industry standards.

Nearly 3,000 people work at Fab 8 now and GlobalFoundries currently has more than 100 job openings. It is planning a significant expansion within its existing buildings this year and last month announced plans for a second chip fab on site. If it receives the final greenlight for Fab 8.2, as it would be called, GlobalFoundries eventually would need 1,000 more employees to run it.

As part of the HVCC North expansion, the Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Renewable Technologies (known as TEC-SMART) is getting a new 14,500-square-foot STEM education center.

The combination will allow HVCC to significantly expand its workforce training, providing local career opportunities for graduates and much-needed workers for local industries.

Fab 8 General Manager Peter Benyon said GlobalFoundries views its donation as an investment in the future and hopes it will inspire similar support by other local employers.

“It is critical to the industry to have a partner in education that keeps pace with the rapidly evolving semiconductor industry,” he said in a news release. “There is real value in the proximity of HVCC North to GlobalFoundries.”

HVCC President Roger Ramsammy said “GlobalFoundries has long been a valued partner to the college, and we very much appreciate their support in kicking off our HVCC North fundraising with this generous donation.”

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