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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