If you’re interested in a career in the rapidly growing field of microelectronic technology, Lorain County Community College has a pathway that can lead to an applied bachelor’s degree that will position you for success.

In 2014, LCCC answered industry needs by launching the state’s first associate degree program in mechatronics technology with a focus in micro electromechanical systems (MEMS). The program is one of only 16 in the United States. LCCC also offers a one-year technical certificate or a short-term technical certificate, both of which can get you ready to work in a short period of time.

And, LCCC is now poised to become the first community college in Ohio to offer an applied bachelor’s degree in microelectronic manufacturing. The Ohio legislature’s 2018-19 budget allows community colleges to offer select applied bachelor’s degrees in areas of unmet industry need. The program is pending approval from the Higher Learning Commission.

“The employment rate of our graduates is a testament to the need for this program. By expanding LCCC’s offerings to include an applied bachelor’s degree, we will be directly meeting the needs of employers in this high-growth field,” explained Johnny Vanderford, professor of microelectronics and MEMS engineering.

Students can start on the pathway to the applied bachelor’s degree by enrolling in one of the short-term or associate degree programs. Employers are engaged in the process and are working with LCCC to design and deliver the applied bachelor’s program.

Graduates of the associate degree MEMS program complete paid internships with industry partners and are often offered full-time work following the completion of their degree with that employer.

The program will follow a 3+1 structure, meaning the first three years of the program will be at LCCC’s low tuition rate. The fourth year of the program will be at LCCC’s tuition rate and also include additional equipment and technology fees. The total cost to complete the program will be less than $15,000.

“It’s a great return on investment. Salary levels for students after graduation are on average $65,000 or more,” said LCCC President Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D.

CORE Technology, Inc., located in Avon, is a designer and manufacturer of high performance standard and custom AC/DC and DC/DC power conversion products. The company participates in the MEMS internship program and has hired several LCCC graduates.

“The development of LCCC’s applied bachelor’s degree program aligns with our need for skilled employees in this critical area,” said CORE Technology President Jack Redilla. “This program will increase the talent pool available for new hires to my company and also provide a method for upgrading the skills of our current employees.”

Classes are held in the Richard Desich SMART Commercialization Center and Desich Business and Entrepreneurship Center, which includes a 2,000-square-foot class 10,000 clean room.

Microelectronic manufacturing is an emerging advanced manufacturing field that helps companies make products and processes “smart” by embedding sensors and micro electromechanical systems (MEMS). Microelectronic manufacturing is an interdisciplinary field that combines mechanical and electrical engineering technology with science, mathematics and communications.  

For more information, contact Vanderford at (440) 366-4206 or at jvanderford@lorainccc.edu.