The SEMI Foundation has been changing lives since its inception in 2001. Our key to success is our industry-driven…
SEMI HIGH TECH U
HTU exposes students to the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills through fun…
Mission & Vision
The mission of the SEMI Foundation is to support education and career awareness in the field of high technology.
Positively impact all who participate, including students, their parents, teachers and volunteers
- Present a curriculum based in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) that stimulates interest in a high-tech career
- Enhance the positive perception of tech companies based in semiconductor technology
- Partner with technology leaders, secondary schools, and colleges in each community to deliver the best program possible
“High Tech U was great in that it exposed me to the various areas of engineering. It helped me to understand what it is like to be an engineer and to pinpoint what it is that I really want to do for a living – and enjoy it!”
HTU gave me an unforgettable opportunity to visit tech companies and learn from tech professionals. This program connected me to some of the brightest students in my community, gave me lessons on computer programming, professional skills, etc., and helped me land my first internship after high school.
Looking back, one strong observation I have about the SEMI High Tech U program is that meeting and getting career information and advice from someone who works in industry makes a huge difference. We don’t tend to listen to parents and teachers who have not actually experienced the high tech workplace. For me, the skills I learned and activities I participated in - including a resume workshop and a mock interview - ended up leading me to a $10,000 scholarship award from Lam Research. I credit SEMI High Tech U with giving me the knowledge and tools for that to happen and to ultimately end up here at Apple in a job that I love.
HTU did something quiet but powerful for me when it exposed me to the STEM arena. Supporting my first college math and science courses with the Takayama scholarship, working with the successful women at HTU, and seeing myself succeed at the technical HTU challenges normalized to me a future where I successfully participate in the STEM arena. HTU removed the separation between STEM and me and I found my passion in it, accidentally. Now I manage software development for over 90,000 ASU students, representing minority women in places we are underrepresented. I also teach at-risk high school girls to code, encouraging them to represent and use STEM to gain access to success in unprecedented ways.
This program impacted me in a number of ways through coding and hardware activities, but most importantly through the role models I found in the field of engineering that seemed ‘normal’ -- like someone I would aspire to emulate.
SEMI High Tech U is really more than just a three-day program. It allowed me to grow and learn as a person. Nine years after HTU, I know it was a huge contribution to who I am today by directing me to the field of high tech. By exposure to both STEM skills and “soft skills” like networking and public speaking, I learned how to effectively innovate and affect change through technology.
HTU gave me exposure to a manufacturing industry and work environment that is not very visible or accessible to the general public. Having that exposure helped me find my passion and is what drove me to choose a career path in the high-tech industry.