Intel is trying to make sure it has the workforce it needs when it opens two semiconductor plants east of Columbus in 2025.
The state says this largest single-private investment in Ohio has the potential to bring as many as 20,000 jobs to the area.
Because it needs to hire qualified people, Intel is paying eight institutions — which are leading more than 80 others — $17.7 million over three years. The money is for course development, equipment and the recruitment of underrepresented students who will become technicians and entry-level engineers. This is part of the company’s $50 million commitment to Ohio higher education over the next decade.