Prince William Campus Holds Celebration of Partnership

Posted: February 9, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Patty Snellings

George Mason, Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC), and Dominion Semiconductor come together on Thursday, Feb. 10, to celebrate their innovative education/business partnership. The program begins at 2 p.m. in the ModuLab in the Prince William I Building at the Prince William Campus. Remarks are offered by President Alan Merten; Belle Wheelan, president of Northern Virginia Community College; and Mark Holcomb of Dominion Semiconductor. Lab tours and a reception follow the program.

The celebration honors a partnership between two educational institutions and a local technology firm that results in an academic curriculum to prepare students for technical careers in the semiconductor industry.

The Manassas Campus of NVCC received state funding to develop a microelectronics program to meet the workforce development needs of the growing high-technology industry in Prince William County. Dominion Semiconductor, manufacturer of memory chips used in computers and other advanced electronic products, worked with the community college to create the program, offering ideas and expertise to ensure the program addressed educational and industry objectives.

When George Mason learned that NVCC’s exhaustive search for a classroom and laboratory facility was proving unsuccessful, the university readily donated space. Dominion Semiconductor provided funds to create the ModuLab at George Mason’s Prince William Campus, and the NVCC microelectronics program is now underway.

For more information about the celebration, call Media Relations at x38783.

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