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Integrated Circuit Design Program Offers Unique Career Opportunities


April 25, 2005 – On any given day, hallways across America are buzzing with comments about how much technology is changing. From week to week and from month to month, technology is making products faster, smaller, easier to use and more intricate.

That is where Collin County Community College District (Collin) steps in, providing the best training in technological fields and stocking a growing workforce. Now the college is working with industry partners to promote the growing field of Integrated Circuit (IC) Design Layout.

The college’s IC Design Layout program educates students to design the most state-of-the-art circuits in the world. These circuits are found in all computers, radios, telephones, household appliances and even some toys.

The program offers an associate of applied science degrees and certificate. Collin has partnered with corporations such as Texas Instruments and Micron in designing the curriculum.

The program offers a hands-on learning opportunity utilizing software made by Mentor Graphics. Other programs include Pro-E, Microstation, 3D Studio Max and AutoCAD. Students who complete this program will have learned correct design and layout techniques for analog and digital integrated circuit, verification of designs, design and development of cell libraries and customization of layout software editors.

Career opportunities in this field include semiconductor design and manufacturing, electronics, engineering and telecommunications.

Do not let technology or an exciting career opportunity pass. For more information, call Warner Richeson at 972.377.1689 or the Engineering and Emerging Technologies Division office at 972.377.1715.

Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.