MILPITAS, Calif., and INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, July 11, 2022 – The SEMI Foundation, the nonprofit arm of SEMI, and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), a nonprofit organization that works to improve the career-path education for adult learners, today announced the launch of the SEMI career exploration platform, designed to strengthen underrepresented workers’ access to education and employment opportunities in the US semiconductor industry and to develop its talent pool. The SEMI Career Exploration Interactive Platform connects workers’ knowledge and skills with career and educational pathways ranging from internships, apprenticeships, and certificate and graduate degree programs.

“With the growing demand for semiconductors, the continued shortage of chips, and the industry’s corresponding push to increase production, the lack of talent will remain a headwind to microelectronics growth and innovation unless more people are attracted to careers in the industry,” said Shari Liss, executive. director of the SEMI Foundation, the not-for-profit arm of SEMI, the global industry association representing the electronics manufacturing and design supply chain. “The SEMI Career Exploration Platform will help expand and diversify the industry’s talent pool by making it easier for people to chart a rewarding career path.”

“Recent global supply chain disruptions have underscored how vital the semiconductor space is to our nation’s economy,” said Earl Buford, President of CAEL. “As the industry seeks to increase its capacity in the United States, we must ensure that our industry, workforce development and education sectors are aligned to realize these opportunities and ensure that they extend to all communities.”

The SEMI Career Exploration Platform matches users’ skills and interests with the occupations most likely to lead to professional success and personal fulfillment. The platform’s matching feature, aimed at veterans, matches their service experience and training with career opportunities in the semiconductor industry.

Users can explore a job site, training programs and organizational profiles of companies and training providers nationwide. They can also seek careers in semiconductors in fields such as engineering, manufacturing and production, installation and maintenance, information technology, marketing and business support.

The SEMI Career Exploration Platform is funded by Strada Education Network, a CAEL collaborator, and the SEMI Foundation. The partnership supports SEMI’s work to strengthen the microelectronics industry’s talent pool through diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives that create career paths for traditionally underrepresented populations in the industry. industry.

Roadtrip Nation, an educational production company, will create videos in conjunction with the SEMI Foundation and SEMI member companies that will showcase the success stories of microelectronics professionals to help raise awareness of career opportunities. Featuring traditionally underrepresented workers, including women, people of color and veterans, the videos will be available on Roadtrip Nation’s website and featured in a PBS documentary airing next year.

More details at SEMICON West Hybrid 2022

Learn more about the SEMI Career Exploration Platform in the Workforce Development Pavilion at SEMICON West 2022 Hybrid, July 12-14 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

About CAEL

Recognizing that adult learners are the backbone of the American economy, CAEL helps forge a clear and viable link between education and career success, providing solutions that promote sustainable and equitable economic growth. CAEL opens doors to opportunities in collaboration with labor and economic developers; post-secondary educators; employers and industry groups; foundations and other mission-aligned organizations. By engaging with these stakeholders, we foster a culture of innovative lifelong learning that helps individuals and their communities thrive. A membership organization established in 1974, CAEL is part of Strada Collaborative, a non-profit, mission-driven organization. Learn more at and

About Roadtrip Nation

Roadtrip Nation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that humanizes career exploration throughout history and empowers individuals to connect their interests to fulfilling lives and careers. Through its award-winning public television series, New York Times bestselling book “Roadmap,” and educational programs and tools that provide visibility and insight into career opportunities and paths, Roadtrip Nation empowers people from all backgrounds confidence and confidence in their ability to persist through challenges and define success for themselves. Roadtrip Nation has been featured at the United Nations Social Innovation Summit, Clinton Global Initiative, NBC Education Nation, TEDx, Talks at Google, SXSW, and the Harvard Social Enterprise Forum. For more information, visit

About the Strada Education Network

Strada Education Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people enjoy the education and training after high school that helps them find good jobs, do meaningful work, contribute to their communities, and lead a fulfilling life. We believe education and training after high school has the potential to be the most powerful and equitable ways to help all people thrive in their careers and in their lives. To help students succeed beyond obtaining a certificate or degree, we conduct research, make charitable grants and social impact investments, and support Strada Collaborative, which directly serves students and the workers. Learn more at

About the SEMI Foundation

The SEMI Foundation supports workforce development in the semiconductor industry. Our mission is to dramatically expand the pool of talented workers ready to fill the significant labor gaps reported by companies around the world. We are leveraging this critical need for new and more workers as an opportunity to diversify the talent pool, to the benefit of both workers and their communities, as well as the companies that hire them.

The Foundation’s primary goal in diversifying the microelectronics industry workforce is to engage, educate and inspire Black, Indigenous, Latinx and other people of marginalized people of color, veterans and women to work in the rewarding sector to improve their lives and their communities while meeting the workforce needs of the industry.

About Semi

SEMI connects more than 2,500 member companies and 1.3 million professionals worldwide to advance electronics design and manufacturing technology and business. SEMI members are responsible for innovations in materials, design, equipment, software, devices and services that enable smarter, faster, more powerful and more affordable electronic products. The Electronic System Design Alliance (ESD Alliance), FlexTech, Fab Owners Alliance (FOA), MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG), and SOI Consortium are strategic SEMI technology communities. Visit to learn more, contact one of our offices around the world, and connect with SEMI at LinkedIn and Twitter.

Source: SEMI