Extreme Impact! High Tech U Alum More Involved and Aware

Extreme Impact! High Tech U Alum More Involved and Aware

Recently, at a reunion in the Silicon Valley for former SEMI High Tech U (HTU) students, the SEMI Foundation conducted a survey on the program’s effect on its participants. Ninety percent of the students at the reunion responded to the survey.

When asked, “Did HTU positively influence your life?,” 100 percent of the students said “Yes.” When asked, “Did HTU influence your education and career [choices]?”, 84 percent said “yes.” But even more compelling are the results from the specific educational outlook questions:

  • 84 percent of the students came away from the program with a better understanding of the value of math, science and technology courses
  • 81 percent have better understanding of the variety of job opportunities available in to them in the high tech field.
  • 52 percent reported that they took additional coursework in math, science and/or engineering due to the High Tech U program
  • 52 percent of students participating are interested in attending a four-year college programs
  • About half of the students polled noted increased parental involvement in educational and career planning.
  • Ten percent stated that HTU convinced them to stay in school when they had been considering dropping out

Other questions receiving numerous positive responses included: more HTU alums are involved in extracurricular activities connected to math, science or technology; many students who took part in the program are getting better grades in relevant technical coursework; and many are now interested in pursuing college degree programs and careers in high technology fields.

Since 2003, 397 students have graduated from HTU in the Silicon Valley, and 71 attended the most recent reunion. Out of 71 students that attended, 64 filled out the survey.

“The feedback provided by our students serves as very strong and encouraging testament to the overall perception of the High Tech U program,” said Lisa Anderson, vice president of the SEMI Foundation. Local SEMI High Tech U sponsors for this reunion included: Applied Materials, Lam Research and Intel.

If your company would like to be a host sponsor and participate in HTU, or would like to learn more about it, please contact Lisa Anderson at landerson@semi.org.

About the Program:

SEMI High Tech U is an industry-driven math and science-based career exploration program for high school students and teachers.