Monday, February 15, 2010

Austin Peay adds specialized degree

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Austin Peay State University cleared the final hurdle needed for accreditation of its new chemical engineering technology associate degree.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools recently joined the Tennessee Board of Regents and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission in granting approval, The Leaf-Chronicle reported.

The program was developed in the wake of Hemlock Semiconductor's decision to build a $1.2 billion polysilicon production plant in Montgomery County. Polysilicon is a key component in solar cells and semiconductors.

The plant is projected to begin operations in 2012 with a work force of 500-800. Many positions will be highly skilled jobs needing specialized training.


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