Construction works have commenced on the Syracuse Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) High School project in New York, US.
New York’s governor Kathy Hochul broke ground on the project alongside state officials and other project-associated authorities.
The school, which is said to be Central New York’s first regional technical high school, is expected to open in 2025.
The project involves a $71m state commitment, $10m in funding from Micron Technology as part of the company’s Community Investment Framework with Empire State Development, and a $1.75m commitment from e-commerce retailer Amazon.
Furthermore, New York State and Micron will contribute $4m to the New York Advanced Technology Framework to assist school districts in the city in developing a customised curriculum in semiconductors and high-tech manufacturing.
Hochul said: “Through the investments we’re making in Central New York, we’re expanding educational opportunities for students while ensuring the region is ready to welcome the jobs and opportunity coming through Micron’s transformative project.
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“By investing in high-tech education and advanced manufacturing, we can ensure the next generation of New Yorkers is prepared to fill the jobs of the future. We’re committed to building a global chip-making hub right here in New York.”
The Syracuse STEAM project will be situated in the renovated Central Tech school facility in downtown Syracuse.
Micron executive vice-president and CPO April Arnzen said: “Building an education ecosystem that will prepare students from all backgrounds for success in high-tech jobs starts at schools like the Syracuse STEAM school, driven by a broad ecosystem of partners.
“Micron is proud to invest $10m over ten years in the Syracuse STEAM school and other STEM-related K-12 programmes in the Central New York region and to partner with the State of New York on a $4m investment to create a tech-talent pipeline powered by the New York Advanced Technology Framework.”