The Virginia Alliance for Semiconductor Technology is a collaborative network of semiconductor, microelectronics, nanotechnology industries, and Virginia colleges and universities providing access to state-of-the-art research facilities and training programs to bolster workforce access in addition to advocating the growth of semiconductors.
VAST is based in Northern Virginia, home to about 75% of Virginia’s semiconductor industries, and has a network of university research facilities and expertise of partner institutions across the state.
A Growth and Opportunity for Virginia (GO Virginia) award provided seed funding for VAST and its accompanying certificate-based, adult-learning program: “Fast Track to Semiconductor Careers.”
VAST expects to enroll about 300 adult learners per year in the Fast Track to Semiconductors non-degree focused program starting Summer 2024. The project will award 550 certificates in two years and create up to 100 internships.