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APSU to receive $6.4M grant to develop chemical engineering tech program

Austin Peay State University will receive a $6.4 million grant from the state of Tennessee to develop a chemical engineering technology program.

Hemlock Semiconductor CorporationThe announcement of the grant follows the anticipated news that Michigan-based Hemlock Semiconductor Corp. (HSC) will build a new production facility in Commerce Park, Clarksville. HSC is a leading manufacturer of products used in the growing solar cell technology industry.
Austin Peay State University will receive a $6.4 million grant from the state of Tennessee to develop a chemical engineering technology program.

Hemlock Semiconductor CorporationThe announcement of the grant follows the anticipated news that Michigan-based Hemlock Semiconductor Corp. (HSC) will build a new production facility in Commerce Park, Clarksville. HSC is a leading manufacturer of products used in the growing solar cell technology industry.

Between 500-800 specialized jobs will be created at the HSC plant, requiring specialized education and training from APSU. With the grant, APSU will build a new lab facility on campus and work with both the Tennessee Board of Regents and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to offer an associate degree program in chemical engineering technology.

“The APSU community is excited to partner with HSC to offer educational programs,” said Kim McMillan, executive director for Business and Community Relations at APSU.

Details about the chemical engineering technology programs are being formalized. More information will be announced at a later date. -- Melony Shemberger