Micron Technology Inc., one of the largest semiconductor manufacturers in the world, will invest $3 billion to expand memory chip production capabilities at its Manassas plant, with plans to create 1,100 new jobs by 2030.
As part of this expansion, the Micron Foundation committed $1 million to higher education institutions in Virginia, as an investment in the next generation of technicians, scientists and engineers with a focus on women and underrepresented minorities in these fields. The city of Manassas will work closely with both NOVA and George Mason University “to ensure Micron has a continuous pipeline of qualified, technically-skilled labor,” according to the governor’s office.
NOVA is excited about this new strategic initiative with the goals of sparking young peoples’ interest in technology and offering new, industry-demanded degree programs. Through the Growth and Opportunity for Virginia (GO Virginia) economic development program, NOVA was approved in the first round of project grants to create a state-of-the-art engineering technology Fabrication Laboratory, referred to as the “Fab Lab” at NOVA’s Manassas Campus. The project is a joint collaboration with Micron, U.S. Army’s Night Vision and Sensors Directorate and BAE Systems and will provide resources needed to grow and strengthen the current and future engineering technology workforce in Northern Virginia. The Fab Lab will serve as a hub to connect industry to the developing technology workforce, and support NOVA’s industry-aligned Engineering Technology program. It will also be leveraged by NOVA’s STEM outreach program, NOVA SySTEMic, to inspire K-12 interest and encourage future generations to pursue careers in engineering technology.