Spotlight on Central Texas’ Thriving Manufacturing Industry: A Visit by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo paid a visit to Austin Community College District (ACC) and shed light on the booming manufacturing industry in Central Texas.

During her February visit, Secretary Raimondo stopped at ACC’s IMPACT Lab–– the college’s manufacturing incubator–– and hosted a roundtable discussion focused on the CHIPS for America Act. ACC faculty, students, business partners, and local lawmakers, including Austin Mayor Kirk Watson, joined the discussion.

ACC is at the forefront of developing advanced manufacturing and semiconductor workforce training programs. ACC continues to play a vital role in shaping the semiconductor industry’s future in Texas.

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Austin Community College hosted Secretary Gina Raimondo of the U.S. Department of Commerce for a special tour and roundtable discussion at ACC Highland Campus. Raimondo toured the college’s advanced manufacturing facilities, sat down with ACC Chancellor Richard Rhodes, Austin Mayor Kirk Watson, the interim CEO of the Austin Chamber of Commerce, industry leaders in the manufacturing sector of Austin, and an ACC manufacturing student to discuss the fast-growing industry and how ACC and employers are working together to build a highly-skilled workforce.

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