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New employees of SK Siltron CSS will be trained by Delta College

Through Michigan’s New Jobs Training Program, Delta College will help train SK Siltron CSS employees for the semiconductor maker’s new plant in Bay County.

Siltron CSS produces wafers of silicon carbide, a semiconductor conductive material used in automotive chips, at its Michigan site, said Joe Collier, director of communications for SK Global Development Group. The expansion will help solve supply chain issues for electric vehicles, with the material used in electric vehicle chips.

The company has grown by approximately 100 people over the past two years. The business expands to Bay City. There will be 150 new jobs added when the Bay City plant begins production in April, Collier said. About 70% of the facility will be skilled workers and 30% engineers, with the latter being the employees receiving this training, Collier said. No specific Delta site has been chosen for the employees.

To help train new employees, CSS will partner with the Michigan New Jobs Training Program to help prepare new talent for their roles, Collier said. This program allows community colleges to provide free training to employers creating new jobs and/or expanding their operations in Michigan.

Delta College will be the local partner for the training program, as the college already has a contract with CSS, said Jennifer Carroll, director of business services for Delta College. Much of the training provided will be very technical and will focus on the people who will be hired into the new positions. However, she said this training could also include existing employees.

For training, the companies Delta works with typically use college-level courses, custom training through a corporate service area, or even third-party providers, which could be important if a company uses proprietary equipment, has Carroll said. She added that employers interested in this program must pay 175% of the Michigan minimum wage when creating new jobs.

“It’s a great way for the company to ensure that its current employees are upgrading their skills, and as they add people, they can continue to train them on the job,” Carroll said.

The program doesn’t just benefit businesses, Carroll said. Funds received through the program can be reinvested in programs here at the college. This includes scaling up technical training labs, the facility, and other resources for the community.